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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2294 ..

MS CHEYNE: There was a lot of testing done on the system, but there was also an extraordinary take-up of the system—far beyond anything that we had seen in the trial, by a factor or at a rate of knots that we just had not seen in the trial. There had been significant testing. There also was quite a lot of communication with the developer, including past tests and making sure that it was at a standard that we were ready to hit go on.

Given the amount of interest and communication about this, and that I had personally gone to businesses about this, I was confident about the launch of it. I have said repeatedly that I am sorry that it was not able to hold up to the sheer volume that we had on those first few days, but we did do that further work that did increase the amount of load that we were able to have on the website. That is exactly what resulted in the relaunch of it a week later, where we saw an even higher number of transactions where there were no issues reported, something that the opposition conveniently forgets.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why did you rush the ChooseCBR scheme and compromise testing, making the program such a shambles?

MS CHEYNE: It was not rushed.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why didn’t you allow more time for testing, given you were warned that the short window of time meant that testing would be compressed?

MS CHEYNE: All reasonable tests were conducted in that time.

Environment—Lawson grasslands

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Minister, I recently went for a walk near Lawson grassland and learned about the critically endangered grasslands, box gum woodlands and certain species on the site, like the golden sun month, the striped legless lizard and the Perunga grasshopper. The Lawson grasslands are on national land and they are marked for future development by Defence Housing Australia. What consultation has the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate conducted about this proposed development with the National Capital Authority, Defence Housing Australia, the Department of Defence and their contractors?

MS VASSAROTTI: I thank Ms Clay for the question. As Ms Clay noted, it is actually National Capital Authority land. So the ACT government is not the decision-maker on this site. We do know that Defence Housing Australia, who are the administrators for the site, are proposing to put a housing development on that site. We also note this is a really important site in relation to the conservation values that it has, particularly around native temperate grasslands. They are very precious. Certainly on ACT government land we have protected a number of sites that have similar ecological values.

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