Page 3246 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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The schedule I now table covers the seven leases granted for the period 1 April 2009 to 30 June 2009. This included the holding lease for blocks 7, 28 and 29 of section 52, Belconnen, to Westfield Management Ltd that will deliver a new public transport facility to the territory and also provide for the expansion of the Belconnen mall. The territory received $12.9 million for the sale. In addition, 88 single-dwelling house leases, one of which was a land rent lease, was granted by direct sale for the quarter.

Cotter reservoir

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (4.15): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Enlargement of the Cotter Reservoir and associated works—

Environmental Impact Statement Assessment Report—Revised Environmental Impact Statement, dated June 2009.

Environmental Impact Statement (2 volumes), dated February 2009.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

MR BARR: Actew Corporation Ltd proposes to build a new dam to increase the volume of the Cotter reservoir from four gigalitres to 78 gigalitres. The resulting inundation area will be 282 hectares. The enlarged Cotter Dam has been identified as a key component of the government’s strategy for sustainable water resource management in the ACT to ensure long-term water security to the territory. The Cotter Dam project was announced by the ACT government in October 2007 as one of the initiatives to secure the regional water supply, together with increased water transfer from the Murrumbidgee River to the Googong Dam and a demonstration water purification plant at the lower Molonglo water treatment facility.

The project was identified as requiring assessment under the impact track as a triggered item mentioned under schedule 4 of the Planning and Development Act. A scoping document outlining potentially significant impacts was issued by the ACT Planning and Land Authority on 30 June 2008. The proponent then undertook an environmental assessment and produced an environment impact statement, or EIS, in accordance with section 123B of the Planning and Development Act. The EIS contains mitigation measures and commitments to manage the effects of the construction, inundation and operation of the proposed dam. The EIS is included in the documents that I am tabling.

The draft EIS was publicly notified in October and November last year, and 47 representations were received throughout this period and Actew’s concurrent consultation process. The key issues raised included the resulting impacts of increased traffic along Cotter Road, the impact on endangered fish species, construction impacts and process, the impact on recreational facilities and activities, and public involvement and consultation.

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