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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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the western Greenway area due to bushfire risk. The assessment of bushfire risk and management or mitigation options needs to be undertaken carefully, taking account of the most up to date information about the site and potential users.

More recently, the EPD received a specific request for a scoping document to inform a possible territory plan variation for a parcel of land that is adjacent to the land being considered for the new suburb in western Greenway. The scoping document was issued by EPD in May this year. It includes specific reference to the site being bushfire prone, as documented in the strategic bushfire management plan 2014. It therefore requires a bushfire risk assessment to be undertaken to demonstrate that an adequate level of protection can be achieved.

Bushfire risk is one of the matters that will be carefully considered in any current work to assess any potential suitability of western Greenway for future development. This assessment will be reviewed by the Emergency Services Agency and, of course, a community panel.

Light rail—employment

MS FITZHARRIS: I would like to clarify an answer I gave to the Assembly in question time yesterday. Ms Lawder asked me to confirm that no member of my office or any public servant had said that requests for meetings with the light rail consortium needed to be approved by me or my office. I indicated yesterday that I was not aware of any such advice being given. I can now advise that the project director of the Canberra Metro consortium sought advice from the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate on the protocol for responding to a request for a meeting with the consortium from a member of the Assembly.

Following this request, advice was provided to Canberra Metro by the directorate that as Canberra Metro is a special purpose entity formed solely for the purpose of the Canberra light rail project, it would be an appropriate protocol for that request to be made through my office. I note, Madam Speaker, that no such request has been received but, as I indicated yesterday in question time, if I were to receive such a request I would indeed approve that.

Proposed referral to the Commissioner for Standards

Statement by member

Ms Burch: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, I do not think you have a point of order. If you want to ask a question or raise a query, that is fine, but at the moment there is no point of order.

Ms Burch: The advice I had was to ask you a question under a point of order under 5AA.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.

Ms Burch: So it is simply a question to you, Madam Speaker.


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