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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3041 ..


MR CORBELL: My question is also to the minister acting for the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, a report prepared by Transgrid titled Investigation into easement maintenance in the Canberra area highlights:

Environment ACT is not a signatory to this procedure or any formal easement maintenance agreement with Transgrid.

Minister, can you explain how Transgrid was allowed to conduct easement maintenance in Namadgi National Park without any formal maintenance agreement with Environment ACT? What formal consultative requirements were in place, if any, prior to the major damage that occurred in March this year?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, my colleague the chairman of the Planning and Urban Services Committee whispers in my ear that this matter is actually before the urban services committee at the present time.

Mr Corbell: No, it isn't. There is no inquiry under way.

Mr Hird: The matter is there.

MR HUMPHRIES: I will leave it there. The matter can be sorted out between members of the committee, Mr Speaker. I will say that I am not aware of the answer to Mr Corbell's question, and I will take it on notice.

Williamsdale quarry

MR BERRY: My question to the Chief Minister relates to the Williamsdale quarry. Chief Minister, the original approval given for Totalcare to enter a joint venture between Totalcare and Mitchell Mini-Mix and possibly CSR Emoleum was specific. It is now well known that the final joint venture partner was Pavement Salvage Holdings Pty Ltd. When did the Chief Minister give agreement for the joint venture between Totalcare and Pavement Salvage Holdings Pty Ltd, and when will he table the document?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do not know that I gave agreement at all. It may have been my predecessor who gave agreement. I will take that on notice and find out for Mr Berry.

Mr Speaker, I return to the importance of Mr Berry being prepared, if he is going to ask these questions, to accept at some point that an answer is going to be a resolution of this matter. Mr Berry has repeatedly asked questions in this place about the Williamsdale quarry. He has made assertions in this place about the quarry, including assertions that I have misled the Assembly on the matter and that the community-

Mr Berry: "I didn't know whether it was me or my predecessor." This is his signature on the document.

MR HUMPHRIES: I did not say that I did not sign; I am not aware that I signed it. The way you asked me the question-

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