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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4522 ..

(4) A Development Application was lodged on 7 August 2003 and approved on 23 September 2003.

(5) 24 September 2003.

(6) Regardless of specific decisions regarding the ACT Forests business plan, the land currently managed by ACT Forests will continue to require management. The new headquarters will provide a basis for such a land management function. One of the important roles of ACT Forests is fire fighting through the Forests brigade. It is imperative that the Brigade is housed close to the bushfire risk along the Territory's Western border. The current temporary location in Griffith is not conducive to rapid bushfire response, and relocation should occur as soon as practicable.

(7) The Australian Defence College submitted objections during the Development Application process. The objections were considered by ACTPLA.

(8) The Government.

(9) October 2003.

(10) The cost of relocating the site of the ACT Forests Headquarters has not yet been determined.

Water-reticulation losses

(Question No 1030)

Mrs Dunne asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to water supply:

(1) How much water is lost in the ACT and Queanbeyan due to reticulation loss (ie the amount of water lost in the pipe system between when it is pumped from the water storage and when it is finally used);

(2) How does this rate of loss compare to other utilities in Australia and overseas.

Mr Quinlan

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

(1) ACTEW do not operate the Queanbeyan water system and therefore cannot comment in regard to Queanbeyan. ACTEW advises that the current annual real loss in the Canberra system for 2002-03 is 2.96GL.

(2) ACTEW's rate of loss compares well against other Australian utilities.

In its WSAAfacts publication for 2000-01, the Water Services Association (WSAA) included a comparative assessment of system losses by urban water utilities in Australia. This is the latest published comparison report. The ACTEW system water loss for the 2000-01 period was 147.1 ML per 100 km main, or 4.3GL in total, which is 6.6% of the total volume supplied.

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