Page 4204 - Week 11 - Thursday, 17 Sept 2009

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Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Capital Works Report—2008-09 Supplementary Appropriation No 3—Delivery of the Local Initiatives Package.

Cotter Dam—call-in powers

Paper 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): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers—Development application No 200915041—Blocks 12, 13, 18 District of Cotter River; Blocks 29, 34, 35, 39 District of Coree; Blocks 80, 178, 179, 200, 213, 283, 284, 322, 323 District of Paddy’s River, dated 16 September 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: On 26 August 2009, I directed, under section 158 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the ACT Planning and Land Authority to refer to me development application No 200915041—the enlargement of the Cotter reservoir and associated works.

The development application sought approval for, among other things, the construction of a main dam and associated engineering infrastructure required for the operation, including an intake tower and pipe work and construction of two saddle dams. On 15 September 2009, I informed the Planning and Land Authority that I had decided to consider the development application. This notice has been notified on the legislation register. On 16 September 2009, I approved the application using my powers under section 162 of the Planning and Development Act.

In deciding the application, I gave careful consideration to the requirements of the territory plan and the considerable advice of the contributing entities. I also gave consideration to the nine representations received by the Planning and Land Authority during the public notification period of the development application in July 2009.

I have imposed conditions requiring further information on noise management, landscaping, the decommissioning of the existing dam and details of signage and recreation area management. I have imposed conditions that require auditing and compliance monitoring and tracking of all conditions of approval and requiring that the construction be consistent with the requirements of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams and the commonwealth Department of the Environment,

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