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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1489 ..

(5) Yes. Environment ACT has issued an authorisation under the Environment Protection Act 1997 for the landfill activities at the site. The authorisation contains conditions to ensure impacts on the environment are minimised.

The facility is not licensed for the disposal or storage of hazardous materials by Environment ACT. 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.

(6) A site assessment to determine the suitability for the proposed land use(s) would be required in accordance with the requirements of Environment ACT. This would form part of the normal planning process where a change in land use is proposed. It is unlikely that the tipping area at the Stromlo Forest would be suitable for houses because it may be too unstable for foundations. Capping the site with cleanfill will allow many other landuses such as forestry and recreational facilities.

Transport-accessibility upgrades

(Question No 564)

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

In relation to accessible public transport facilities:

(1) What works will be undertaken as part of the minor new works project for accessible public transport facilities;

(2) Why hadn't any funds been expended on this project at 31 December 2002, have any funds been expended since that time up to 31 March 2003, if so, please provide details of expenditure and works undertaken;

(3) Will this project be completed as scheduled at the end of June 2003, if not, why not.

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

(1) The minor new works project will upgrade bus stop facilities on ACTION's bus route numbers 312 and 315 between Spence and Theodore, in accordance with the Accessible Public Transport Standards.

(2) While no expenditure had been recorded up to 31 March 2003, the value of the design work completed at that stage was approximately $20,000.

(3) The construction contract is expected to commence in June 2003 with completion in

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