Page 309 - Week 01 - Thursday, 10 February 2022
Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The ACT Government has engaged a consultant to undertake a study of parking supply and demand in Lawson given current conditions. The study has recently been finalised and Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) are currently considering the results. The findings of this study will determine if additional parking facilities could be provided in Lawson.
(2) TCCS are still considering the results of the study.
(3) TCCS are still considering the results of the study.
(Question No 423)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 17 September 2021 (redirected to the Treasurer):
(1) How much partially treated sewerage, broken down by megalitres, was spilled into the Molonglo River.
(2) How long will the partially treated sewerage remain toxic in the river.
(3) How did partially treated sewerage leak from the Lower Molonglo Quality Control Centre Sewerage System into the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee River.
(4) Why are there no safeguards against overflow at the Lower Molonglo Quality Control Centre Sewerage System.
(5) What impact will the spill have on (a) wildlife, (b) Canberrans living near, (c) freshwater native species spawning in and (d) native fauna in and next to, the affected rivers.
(6) What is the Government doing to prevent another spill.
(7) What is the cost of the clean-up.
(8) What is the budget for preventative actions and can the Minister provide details and cost breakdown.
(9) What impact will this spill have on the Healthy Waterways initiative.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) 20ML of partially treated effluent was released from the bypass storage dam across 19 hours of a 72 hour wet weather event. The spill entailed 3.3 per cent of the total volume of raw sewage (615ML) entering the Plant over the 3 day event. This was a controlled discharge, managed and operated in accordance with a licence held by Icon Water under the Environment Protection Act 1997 and an Environmental Management Plan which outlines the activities relating to Environmental Authorisation.