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Planning—western edge
(Question No 784)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 6 May 2022:

(1) In relation to the Western Edge Investigation Area, can the Minister provide the lease purpose clauses for the recently purchased leases of (a) Blocks 418, 435, 439, 440, 441, 456, 476 Stromlo and (b) Blocks 1600, 1582 and part block 1601 Belconnen.

(2) Given that section 99 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 defines “strategic environmental assessment” as “a comprehensive environmental assessment, suited to proposals in relation to major policy matters rather than individual development proposals”, will a strategic environmental assessment be produced for the Western Edge Investigation Area; if not, why not.

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

(1) The leases are publicly available documents, that can be obtained through the ACT Land Titles Office.

(2) At this stage of investigations, it is premature to indicate a statutory approval pathway, as no decisions have been made about potential land use change in the Western Edge Investigation Area. The need for a strategic environmental assessment will be determined based on ongoing and further studies.

West Macgregor—odour control units
(Question No 785)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 6 May 2022 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) How high, in metres, were the ventilation stacks for the odour control units (OCUs) in West Macgregor when they were first constructed;

(2) To what height, in metres, were the ventilation stacks for these OCUs then raised, and when did this happen.

(3) On what basis were the ventilation stacks for the OCUs in West Macgregor raised, including relevant data such as, for example, measured levels of hydrogen sulphide that contributed to this decision.

(4) What is considered an acceptable level of hydrogen sulphide leaving these ventilation stacks.

(5) How is the level of hydrogen sulphide that leaves these stacks monitored, and how frequently is this monitoring conducted.

(6) Did the Chief Minister, in a letter dated 30 June 2020, mention that Icon Water would investigate odour concerns in relation to the OCUs in West Macgregor; if so, when was this investigation completed, and what were the outcomes.

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