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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2476 ..

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Water conservation

MR STANHOPE: Yesterday, I took a question from Ms Dundas about recycled water. I undertook to confirm some detail in relation to extended grey water re-use from the lower Molonglo water quality control centre.

In answer to that question, I said that 4.6 per cent of the water treated at lower Molonglo was recycled. In fact, that figure reflected the projected re-use rate for 2001-02. I regret that my department has not used up-to-date figures in its briefings to me. The figure for 2001-02 was, in fact, 5.1 per cent, or 1,644 megalitres. Of that, 76 megalitres was used at Hardy's vineyard, 107 megalitres at the Belconnen golf course and 1,461 at the lower Molonglo centre itself.

As to the question asked in relation to the amount of water used for public purposes, the major part was used for public purposes. It was used in the lower Molonglo centre to irrigate its lawns, et cetera.

In 2002-03, that figure has been exceeded. Of the 27,877 megalitres treated at lower Molonglo, 1,781 megalitres-6.4 per cent-has been recycled, at the rate of 127 megalitres to Hardy's, 144 to the Belconnen golf course and 1,510 to the treatment centre. In addition to those figures, there is a small on-site treatment plant at Southwell Park in Lyneham, which provided 30 megalitres of water in 2001-02 for re-use. To date, this year, that plant has provided 19 megalitres of water.

Rudolph Giuliani visit


: Mr Corbell took a question from Mrs Cross in relation to a possible function involving Rudolph Giuliani, being promoted by Max Markson of Markson Sparks. I wanted to let the Assembly know that I have dealt with Mr Markson.

Members will know that it was my role within cabinet to kick off and monitor the bushfire appeal. In that process, I worked with Mr Markson in putting on an enormous fundraiser at the AIS some months ago. I was able to help in that function inasmuch as I am involved in the Variety Club. The Variety Club has a mailing list and we had previously run large functions. As we had run a large function last year, we were able to provide core information to allow the function for the bushfire appeal to get off the ground.

Mr Markson has since approached me, saying he is sponsoring and promoting a tour by Mr Giuliani. As part of the promotion, he seeks out a charity which might benefit. It is a two-way street, of course. The charity benefits and the promotional tour gets the halo effect of association with that charity. I mentioned the Variety Club and he said something about hospitals. However, I did not take it any further. I put him in contact with the principal officer of the New South Wales Variety Club, of which the ACT group is a member. I presume he has taken it from there.

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