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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 265 ..


The number of projects and funding allocated to each catchment is: for the Tuggeranong catchment, nine projects at $27 million allocated; the Fyshwick catchment, six projects at $15.9 million allocated; Yarralumla Creek, five projects and $16.3 million allocated; west Belconnen catchment, two projects and $6.5 million allocated; the upper Molonglo, two projects at $3.4 million; and the lower Molonglo catchment, one project at $9.6 million.

MR STEEL: Minister, can you outline how the community has been consulted on the healthy waterways project?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes. Consultation with the community has been vital at all stages of this project since it commenced in early 2014. Most recently a six-week consultation process between 22 August and 30 September was held. Outcomes from community consultation have been incorporated into the sketch plans to be submitted for development approval. The development approval process will provide another opportunity for the community to give feedback on the project.

The community was extensively consulted on the options residents in each of the catchments would like to see implemented in their local area. Consultation was via open house sessions, online feedback, a survey, and the formation of technical and community advisory groups. The open house sessions in particular were very well attended. They informed the community about their local catchment and its water quality issues and allowed people to give their views on which options would work for their catchment and community. The results of the initial community consultation were used to inform the final proposals that were submitted to the Australian government for funding approval.

The technical advisory group was set up to help identify priority catchment planning issues and provide specialist technical advice and feedback on studies, reports and recommendations produced by or for the project management group. That included scoping tender documents, infrastructure concepts and development of business cases.

The community advisory group with representatives from key stakeholder organisations was set up to guide the project and has helped to identify priority issues and environmental values for each of those key areas; contribute local knowledge about the lakes and waterways and water quality issues; provide feedback on infrastructure options and other documents and reports prepared for the project; and share information about the project with their networks and/or members of their own organisations and seek their input where appropriate. The healthy waterways project is about practical solutions but has involved the community all the way through. (Time expired.)

Trade unions—government contracting

MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what influence does UnionsACT or specific unions have on the signing of government contracts in the territory?


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