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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1488 ..

(4 & 5) There has not been a requirement to collect data on the state of residence of women who elect to have an abortion in the ACT, and therefore no data is available in response to questions 4 and 5.

Stromlo Forest temporary landfill

(Question No 563)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the Stromlo Forest Temporary Landfill:

(1) What is the approximate amount of asbestos being stored at this site;

(2) What prospect is there of the asbestos entering the environment through water run-off while it is open and after the site closes in June;

(3) How often will ACT Environment monitor the site to check that it is still safe;

(4) Could you specify the precautions to protect the environment from asbestos and other hazardous material that is being stored on the site;

(5) Have you consulted with Environment ACT about the storage of hazardous materials such as asbestos on the site. If so, what was their advice;

(6) Will the site be suitable for other uses such as housing in the foreseeable future, and what special precautions will be necessary before it is available for other uses.

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

(1) Bulk asbestos cement sheeting is not accepted at the Stromlo Forest site and must be taken for special disposal at West Belconnen Landfill. Only small quantities of asbestos sheeting mixed in ash and rubble from destroyed houses will be interred.

(2) Nil. Water run-off from the landfill is captured in a specifically designed sediment dam to prevent any contaminants entering the environment. Asbestos is inert in landfill and is not a concern once buried.

(3) Fortnightly during landfill operations.

(4) Site access is restricted to authorised users who must abide by strict rules. All loads arriving at the site must be covered and damp. Loads tipped at the site are compacted and covered with cleanfill. Upon completion of filling, a final capping of cleanfill will be applied and the area grassed. Sediment control dams have been installed to capture runoff. A cut off drain has been installed to divert groundwater and overland flow around the site. Water bores have been installed below the site to monitor any leachate. All trucks must be washed down prior to leaving the site.

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