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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 1538 ..

Cotter Catchment

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, on 16 May I took on notice a question from Ms Horodny. Ms Horodny's question related to what financial or other contribution ACTEW makes to the cost of managing Namadgi National Park. I am advised that ACTEW does not contribute directly to the cost of managing Namadgi National Park although, quite obviously, the corporation does pay a substantial dividend to the ACT Government which contributes to the management of the Territory as a whole. It is in the interests of ACTEW and the community to ensure effective environmental management of our catchment areas and nature reserves, and in this context ACTEW has sponsored or contributed to several small projects in these areas. The ACT Government, like other governments around Australia, is also considering the issues of user pays and polluter pays in developing its integrated environment protection legislation. Consideration of these issues will allow us to look at how ACTEW Corporation and other users and beneficiaries of the catchment area might contribute to the cost of managing our environment. I thank Ms Horodny for her question.

Roadworks - Drakeford Drive

MR DE DOMENICO: During question time on 16 May Mr Osborne asked me a question concerning roadworks on Drakeford Drive - the northbound lane between O'Halloran Circuit and Sulwood Drive. In answering I undertook to report back on when the re-marking would take place. I am advised by the Department of Urban Services that the re-marking of the resealed road commenced on the 18th, on Saturday, as scheduled, and will be finished on the 22nd, which is tomorrow. Mr Osborne's original question related to why it had taken over 12 months to reseal a section of Drakeford Drive. It was not 12 months. It was actually eight months. The section of the road had to be resealed by the original contractor - at their cost - due to the problems with the original surface. The work could be done only during the warmer months and rescheduled within the roads program.

Woden Plaza

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, during question time today I took on notice part of a question from Ms Horodny about whether the proposed extension to Woden Plaza over the car parks required a variation to the Territory Plan. As I suggested at the time, in fact the extension does not require a variation to the Territory Plan. The car parks are leased and, of course, their purpose at the moment consists of or includes car parking. There will probably have to be a variation to the purpose of the lease. Of course, it does not require a variation to the Territory Plan to achieve that.

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