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3. The minutes from the meeting have been made publicly available as Appendix B to the EIS.

4. The proponent advised that they sought advice from ACTPLA to identify the relevant government agencies that should be represented. The agencies nominated the appropriate officer with the technical capability required.

5. This meeting had specific requirements under the Land (Planning and Environment) Regulations 1992 as dealt with above. Similarly as a result of the directions to conduct the EIS, there is a separate consultation process with the broader Canberra community which is currently underway.

Gas-fired power station and data centre
(Question No 3)

Mr Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 10 December 2008:

(1) Who were the members of the taskforce established to select alternate sites for the data centre and how were they chosen.

(2) What were the terms of reference for the taskforce and who (a) drafted and (b) approved them.

(3) What sites were investigated as part of the taskforce, how were they chosen and what criteria were used to assess them.

(4) What consultation, if any, was held with affected groups and how was this consultation conducted.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Taskforce was chaired by the Chief Executive, Chief Minister’s Department (CMD) and represented by the Chief Executives and their technical experts from:

• CMD;

• ACT Health;

• Department of Territory and Municipal Services (including technical experts who are now part of the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water);

• ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA); and

• the Land Development Agency (LDA).

Additionally, the ACT Government Solicitor and ACT Parliamentary Counsel’s Office respectively, provided advice and legislative drafting assistance to the Taskforce.

(2) The Taskforce terms of reference were to provide advice to Government on the transfer of the project to another site and on the criteria for project relocation. The Taskforce was also required to report to Government on issues and matters to be resolved around the timely transfer of the project to the new site. The TOR were drafted by CMD and approved by the Chief Minister.

(3) The sites investigated include land covered by the Southern Broadacre Study, Sections 8, 21 and 22 Hume (Hume West Estate), Section 23 Hume and Block 1676 District of

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