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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4290 ..


MS BERRY: It will not.

MR COE: Minister, is the Suburban Land Agency on track to meet its targets for the 2018-19 year based on the results for the last quarter?

MS BERRY: There will be some work to do to catch up given some of the circumstances that were beyond the control of the Suburban Land Agency. But they will meet their targets as they are required to.

Environment—upper Stranger Pond

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Residents of Tuggeranong have reported that upper Stranger Pond was recently drained. This is after the pond was officially drained, carp were removed, and the pond was refilled and stocked with native fingerlings in January of this year. A report in the Canberra Times of 24 September 2018 quotes a city services directorate spokesperson as saying that it was drained without authorisation. Minister, was the pond drained without authorisation? If so, how is this possible?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I recently provided an update to Tuggeranong Community Council about this issue. There was unauthorised access to the valve and, as a result, a large portion of the water in upper Stranger Pond has leaked into lower Stranger Pond, including the fingerlings in there, which we believe to be around 15 centimetres long. We have been speaking to the contractor involved to ensure that that does not happen in the future.

MS LAWDER: Minister, are other ponds around the ACT subject to the same potential for unauthorised draining, and what are you doing to avoid this in the future?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I will take that on notice.

MR PARTON: Minister, have the person or persons responsible been identified? What action has been taken against them?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. We have been speaking with the contractor involved. I am happy to take on notice questions in relation to any actions that have been taken with the contractor.

Economy—credit rating

MS ORR: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what was the outcome of the ACT's recent credit rating review?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Orr for the question. I can advise the Assembly that Standard & Poor's have reviewed the territory's fiscal position following the release of this year's budget and once again confirmed that the ACT remains AAA rated. We now have a stable outlook in line with the Australian government and the New South Wales and Victorian governments.


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