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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3444 ..

a number plate. Given the very large volume of theft offences recorded each year it would be a prohibitively labour intensive and time consuming process to isolate those records relating to theft of number plates.

(4) The ACT does not provide registered vehicles with an exemption from displaying number plates.

(5) The ACT Policing computer system has kept a register of stolen number plates from

1 December 1998. Prior to this, the criminal records area maintained such records. Information on stolen number plates is kept indefinitely on these systems.

(6) Vehicle owners are immune from prosecution or fines as long as they report the number plates as stolen to police and the offence occurs after the report of theft is made, provided investigations indicate that the owners had no involvement. There are processes in place for the appropriate withdrawal of infringement notices issued in these circumstances.

Bushfires-water supply

(Question No 879)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to a comment in a Letter-to-the-Editor (Canberra Times, 18 July 2003) that 'the water pressure in Warragamba Avenue was excellent through the afternoon, while in Eildon Place it reduced to a useless trickle':

(1) Why is this so on 18 January 2003;

(2) What is ACTEW doing to ensure this situation is not repeated in future hot summers.

Mr Quinlan

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

(1) ACTEW has advised me that it is not aware of any evidence that indicates that its water supply "failed"on 18 January 2003 as suggested in the letter to the editor to which the Member refers.

Notwithstanding the unprecedented demand for water on that day and despite the substantial damage sustained to ACTEW's water infrastructure, I am advised that the water supply was maintained to all areas throughout the day. There were, however, undoubtedly variations in water pressure experienced by some residents using water to protect their properties on that day. ACTEW has advised me that such variations are inherent in any water supply network in such extreme circumstances.

(2) I can assure you that ACTEW will continue to maintain its water infrastructure to highest standards possible and in accordance with the licence provisions for its water business, as specified in the Utilities Act 2000. This will ensure that the Canberra community enjoys the best possible water services in the future, under all circumstances.


(Question No 882)

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

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