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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4263..


    • "Strategic Study into Management of ACT Roads and Stormwater Assets", by ARRB Transport Research, May 2001.
    • "Roads ACT Asset Management Plan 2004-2007".
    • "Year 2002-03 Pavement Network condition report and works program"by Pavement Management Services, March 2003.

(2) The studies recommended the adoption of a strategic approach to the maintenance of road assets based on a systematic inspection, collection and assessment of condition information.

(3) The Government has used the report to prioritise current and future road network maintenance works within the approved budget.

Water—costs

(Question No 1387)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 14 November 2006:

(1) What revenue has been collected in each financial year since the Water Abstraction Charge was increased from 10 cents per kilolitre;

(2) What expenses have been incurred, in each financial year since the Water Abstraction Charge was increased from 10 cents per kilolitre, for (a) class of expenditure, (b) expenditure incurred for multiple purposes for example forestry, fauna, environmental management or environmental flows and (c) the basis of apportionment;

(3) Did the ACT Auditor-General certify that the expenses in each year were reasonably necessary and appropriate for the provision of water to urban users and were not incurred for other purposes such as forestry or park management; if so, will he provide that certification; if not, why not.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) The Water Abstraction Charge (WAC) was raised from 10 cents per kilolitre to 20 cents per kilolitre on 1 January 2004. The audited WAC revenue is:

    • 2003-04: $6.715 million;
    • 2004-05: $9.638 million; and
    • 2005-06: $12.632 million.

(2) The ACT Government has a range of expenses for the supply of water. In 2003, these were identified and recognised by the ICRC. "Eligible costs that need to be identified and measured include all those costs incurred by the Government that are directly attributable to the management, operation and administration of the ACT's water supply (excluding costs incurred by ACTEW)." (Source: ICRC Final Report - Water Abstraction Charge - October 2003: Page 11).


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