Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 17 March 2005) . . Page.. 1212 ..
The passage of this bill will ensure that there is clear and consistent legal basis for authorised persons to enter on to private land to undertake inspections, maintenance, repair and replacement of street lighting and stormwater drainage equipment. It is important that territory officials and those contracted to provide maintenance services can conduct appropriate inspections, undertake maintenance and enforce requirements to prevent potentially damaging or dangerous interference with the networks.
The bill provides an appropriate level of advanced notification to be given to landholders where installation, maintenance or repair of streetlights or stormwater drainage is to be undertaken. It also clarifies that compensation is to be paid to a person by the territory if damage is done to the person’s property in the course of installation, maintenance or repair of streetlights or stormwater drainage.
The bill reinforces that we all have an obligation to ensure that structures and vegetation on our land do not interfere with the networks. For example, we all need to ensure that branches from trees on our property do not reach into cabling, causing the street lights to go out or, worse, a fire, and that tree roots do not block or damage the stormwater pipes, potentially causing flooding.
I appreciate the comments made by Mr Pratt and Dr Foskey. I can only assure members that it is a mechanical bill, but it also ensures that our infrastructure is protected but so too are the rights of the landholders.
Finally, Mr Speaker, I would like to thank members for their support. I would also like to thank Kelly Foster from DUS for her work on the legislation. You have done a great job. Thank you.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Mr Steve Larkham
MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (5.25): I want to refer to several matters tonight. Firstly, I was moved by an article in the Daily Telegraph about an Iranian man, Christian