Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2022) . . Page.. 1385 ..
(1) The funding currently committed to the Healthy Waterways Program comprises investments in:
• water quality infrastructure;
• behavioural change projects to improve management practices that impact water quality;
• research into the sources of pollution; and
• the development of technology and plans to support catchment management.
(2) The Healthy Waterways Program has a strong track record of evidence-based management, with monitoring and modelling to help understand the state of waterways and performance of assets and projects. Every major project within the program is evaluated using recent data. Key performance indicators are set and reported on. The outcome of improved waterway health is measured via the annual Catchment Health Indicator Program.
Government—office of water
(Question No 695)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 25 March 2022:
Is there any progress on the formation of the Office of Water.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate commissioned a review of water governance arrangements across the ACT water sector in 2021. This review concluded in March 2022. All relevant agencies with water responsibilities and Icon Water participated in the review.
The outcomes of the review are being considered by Government and will inform the establishment of the Office of Water as per the ACT Water Governance Review fact sheet available online.
Environment—Lower Cotter Catchment project
(Question No 696)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 25 March 2022 (redirected to the Minister for Planning and Land Management):
(1) Can the Minister elaborate on exactly what work is being undertaken from the $350,000 being spent on the Lower Cotter Catchment Project.
(2) What areas specifically are being restored and what are the proposed timeframes for these projects.
(3) What evidence or monitoring of native flora and fauna is available or being undertaken to determine the life cycles of the species in this area and hence how they will be affected, assuming controlled burns are still going to be carried out in this area.