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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2760 ..

Mount Painter

(Question No 232)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Deputy Chief Minister, upon notice, on 27 June 2002:

In relation to Mt Painter:

(1) When were the reservoirs on Mt Painter constructed.

(2) What is the purpose of the recently erected fence around the reservoirs.

(3) Who erected the fence.

(4) What was the cost of the fence.

(5) What was the cost of the regrading of the dirt road and other minor works around Mt Painter.

(6) How many trees were chopped down and why.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The reservoirs were constructed in 1967.

(2) The fence is to improve site security at the reservoirs. ACTEW has recently been upgrading security at all reservoir sites in Canberra in light of events of September 11, 2001. Additionally Mt Painter Reservoir site has been the target of a number of severe vandalism attacks in recent years with vandals using tools to damage electronic control equipment.

(3) The fence was erected by actual under contract to ACTEW Corporation.

(4) The cost of fencing at this site was in the order of $30,000.

(5) ACTEW has not undertaken any road works in the area of the reservoir in recent times. It is understood from discussions with Environment ACT that ACT Parks and Conservation undertook recent road works as part of fire protection works in this area.

(6) ACTEW leases the land on which the reservoirs are located. The fence has been constructed to minimise tree removal. The total number of trees removed was two (2) live and one (1) dead tree. Approval was sought from Environment ACT for tree removal and was ranted on 4 June 2002. These trees were removed because they were encroaching on the reservoirs, in fact, one was overhanging and resting on the reservoir roof. It was also anticipated that the roots of these large trees could interfere with the reservoir foundations.

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