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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Wall!

MR BARR: rather than just granting a blanket exemption for any form of lease variation. I would point out to any resident who lives anywhere near a club site that it is open slather if the Liberals win this election. Any form of redevelopment could occur because they have given a blank cheque—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: for planning variations and they will apply no tax. That was the position that the Liberal Party put, that there would be complete open slather. So if you live next-door to a club in this city, you should expect that there will be dramatic change in what is allowed to be developed on that club site if those opposite are elected. That is what they have said: no lease variation charge at all, no application of the current law. And I remind Mr Doszpot that the law was applied, as it should have been, to that variation, just as it has been to other club lease variation requests.

Water—Tharwa supply

MR JEFFERY: Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, in Hansard of 26 November 2014, you stated you had given some direction to EPD to have a look at what could be done with the water supply system in Tharwa. Further on you indicated that you had given instructions to EPD to act even before the Tharwa master plan stage 1 is completed and that those studies were underway. Minister, what directions were given to EPD at that time?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Jeffery for his question and, of course, his hard work in the Tharwa region for many years. He is right; I had given direction to EPD to look at the water supply for Tharwa after visiting with Mr Jeffery. We had a look at the opportunities for improving the water supply for Tharwa. We had a look at the current water supply, which is taking water from the Murrumbidgee River and pumping it up to a very old tank at the top of the water supply area for the Tharwa area. It supplies water for the town, but it is not potable water; it is water from the river and looks at water application for urban open space as well as firefighting.

I asked EPD to have a look at it. They have given me some results so far advising that we need to improve that water supply. I took a brief to cabinet and got support in this budget for improving the water supply for Tharwa. We have allocated funding in the budget for renewing the water supply for Tharwa and also requesting from the commonwealth government equal funding for that water supply.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Jeffery.

MR JEFFERY: What studies or assessments were undertaken or made by EPD in response to your instructions?

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