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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2235..


(b) Waiver of tip fees: businesses were originally required to pay $20 a tonne to dump material at the Mt Stromlo contaminated waste site. Following a review of difficulties being experienced by some commercial operators, commercial tip fees were refunded by the Taskforce; and

(c) Demolishing remnants of the business: businesses were provided with advice from the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce and access to the full range of demolition services project managed by Bovis Lend.

(2) Three business premises were destroyed and required demolition as a result of the 18 January bushfires. They were Duffy service station, Holder veterinary clinic and the Cotter tavern. The Duffy service station and the Holder veterinary clinic sites have been cleared. The Cotter tavern is not yet cleared. The Government Solicitor's Office is currently negotiating with owner of the Cotter tavern's solicitor about the future of the Crown Lease. When this has been finalised demolition and clearing of the land will proceed.

(3) The Government is not aware of any businesses that cannot afford to clear its site.

Aboriginal cultural sites

(Question No 746)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Community Affairs, upon notice:

In relation to Aboriginal cultural sites and further to Question on notice no 662:

(1) Has the assessment of possible damage to Aboriginal stone arrangements in Namadgi National Park commenced, if so, when and how long will the assessment take place to complete, if not, why not and when will it begin;

(2) Has the assessment of possible damage to known Aboriginal scarred trees commenced, if so, when and how long will the assessment take place to complete, if not, why not and when will it begin.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Question (1)

The assessment has been completed.

Surveys of fire damage to known stone arrangements in remote areas of Namadgi National Park were undertaken in May 2003.

While the general areas in which the stone arrangements occur had been affected by fire, the arrangements themselves are intact and undamaged.

Question (2)

The assessment has not commenced.


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