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MR WOOD (Minister for Education and the Arts and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (10.33), in reply: I thank Mr Jensen for his comments. I think he would know the very great amount of work that has been done in recent years to control run-off from building sites and from major developments. There are quite stringent conditions in place. Obviously, now a further role for the EPS will be to see that requirements are enforced in the new way. It may be possible to stop projects instantly if requirements are not being met.

It is true that if you wash your car in the driveway and the run-off goes into the drainage system you are technically acting illegally. I do not think anybody has been fined for that or is likely to be fined, but there is constant encouragement for people to wash their cars on the nature strip so that the water is contained in the grass.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Debate resumed from 21 November 1991, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS NOLAN (10.35): I support this amendment Bill. I believe that it will add to the benefits that our lakes provide to the Canberra community. It is a pity that we are not able to apply similar provisions to Lake Burley Griffin. I will perhaps come back to that in a couple of moments.

The introduction of adequate lighting on boats and appropriate appeals procedures against decisions definitely tightens control on the lakes, as well as bringing the ACT into line with the States. The new measures will also satisfy international boating regulations.

Mr Speaker, I hope that the fee for the use of powerboats for certain purposes will not adversely affect the use of these boats on the lake. I would like to know the amount of the intended fee, as I am sure many others in the community would. I ask the Minister whether he can let us know what that prescribed fee is likely to be.

Mr Speaker, as I mentioned a couple of moments ago, I would like to use this opportunity to reiterate the case articulated by the many boating enthusiasts hoping to have similar use of Lake Burley Griffin. While I am aware that Lake Burley Griffin is a Federal Government responsibility,

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