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Dental Prosthetists Board, the Medical Board, the Nurses Board, the Optometrists Board, the Pharmacy Board, the Physiotherapists Board, the Veterinary Surgeons Board and the ACT Radiation Council

Legal Aid Commission - Annual Report 1994-95, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General's report, pursuant to the Legal Aid Act 1977

Public Trustee for the Australian Capital Territory - Annual Management Report 1994-95, together with financial statements and the Auditor-General's report

Pursuant to standing order 83A, a petition which does not conform with standing orders, concerning staffing of the Kaleen Youth Shelter, from 149 residents, lodged by Ms McRae.



MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (3.23): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the strategic plan for contaminated sites management. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, contamination of land, particularly in urban areas, is a reminder that environmental problems are not limited to the habitats of animals and plants but occur in our own habitats. It also demonstrates that environmental factors cannot be considered in isolation, but need to be seen in a context of broader government decision-making, such as health and planning issues.

This Government is committed to maintaining the high level of public health and environmental quality Canberrans have come to expect. The strategic plan for the management of contaminated sites is an important aspect of this commitment and sets out our policy for the identification and sensitive management of land that does not meet the stringent standards we all expect in the Territory. A comprehensive program to identify contaminated sites which began under the previous Government is continuing. This has involved a search of records, including topographic maps, aerial photographs, old NCDC plans, construction drawings from development sites and historical records and photographs. Officers also spoke to a number of former rural leaseholders and farm workers in order to determine the location of former sheep dips. Over 100 former sheep dips and more than 70 former landfill sites have been identified, as well as other potentially contaminated sites such as former petrol stations and other sites with a history of industrial use.

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