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River) and the access to Orroral Road from Boboyan Road was first observed in February 2020, following the major storm event that followed the long period of drought and the bushfires, bringing an unusually high debris load at this location. A subsequent storm in August 2020 exacerbated the damage to the crossing and temporary works to fix the access were implemented, while planning for a permanent remediation commenced. A further storm in March 2021 had some extreme peak flows that compromised the safety of the crossing and caused the closure of the road. This storm rendered the crossing unsafe and unfortunately also irreparably damaged the temporary works undertaken in 2020.

(2) The design stage, which includes technical investigations, analysis, and assessment of options, was completed in January 2022.

(3) Orroral Road Crossing and the access to Orroral Road from Boboyan Road is estimated to be reopened in mid-2022. The timeframes for restoring the crossing are indicative only and are subject to wet weather, and construction tender outcomes.

(4) The construction methodology will include contingencies for flooding events. The design of the new crossing is compliant with flood immunity standards and will result in increased flood immunity and resilience compared to the existing culvert crossing.

Planning—western edge
(Question No 665)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 11 February 2022:

(1) Can the Minister advise exactly which blocks form part of the total Western Edge Investigation area and can the Minister publicly release a map clearly identifying the blocks that are in the Western Edge Investigation area.

(2) How many blocks in or abutting the Western Edge Investigation area are currently up for sale and how many have been sold off in the last five years for residential and other developments.

(3) What will the Minister do to ensure that the environmental values on this piece of land and all blocks in the Western Edge are carefully examined during the planning process.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The attached map (Figure 1) identifies the blocks that are included in the Western Edge investigation area. Noting the area identified in the ACT Planning Strategy is an indicative area i.e. not with set boundaries.

(2) Five blocks in the Western Edge Investigation Area have been sold in the last 5 years*.

*Note - Blocks abutting the Western Edge Investigation Area (in the suburbs of Kambah, Chapman, Duffy, Wright, Denman Prospect, Hawker, Higgins, Holt and Strathnairn) are excluded. This is because these blocks are already zoned by the Territory Plan for development, such as for residential uses and therefore not

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