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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1439 ..

(3) The Environment Protection Authority is seeking independent advice as to whether there is likely to be permanent damage to the environment as a result of the spill.

(4) The Environment Protection Act 1997 does provide for penalties where pollution occurs. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is currently investigating the incident. The outcome of that investigation will determine what actions are available to the EPA under the Environment Protection Act 1997.

(5) The EPA's investigation will determine what action can be taken against those responsible for the effluent leak into the lake.


(Question No 513)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to ACT Labor's Plan for Older Canberrans that Labor will "require that a designated number of blocks be set aside for purpose built but lower cost housing for older people in land releases for new developments":

(1) How many designated blocks have been set aside, by development, in each of the new developments since Labor took office;

(2) Do such new developments include developments acquired from the previous government's land release program and if so, how many developments by name from (1) above and if not included, why not;

(3) What is the criteria for establishing 'a designated number of blocks' for this purpose, how will the lower cost of the housing be achieved and is there a ratio of such blocks per size of new development;

(4) How many such lower cost houses have been (i) built (ii) occupied since Labor took office;

(5) If the responses to (1), (2) and (4) are negative, why is this so.

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

(1) Strategies for implementing the housing elements of the Plan for Older Canberrans are well advanced. Mr Cornwell has identified one element of the approach adopted by Government to provide services to older Canberrans

In February 2002, the Government established the Affordable Housing Taskforce to examine in detail implementation of the Government's Plan for Older Canberran's. The Taskforce's brief was to make recommendations to Government for strategies to address affordable housing, including those issues posed by Mr Cornwell.

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