Page 347 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2012

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very important investment occurring there to ensure that those bogs retain their health and continue to recover and rehabilitate following the 2003 fires.

I had the opportunity to travel with TAMS ranger staff last year to inspect the bogs at the top of the Cotter River catchment, a spectacular part of the ACT for anyone who has not experienced it and one well worth trying to get out and see. The excellent work being done by our ranger staff in Territory and Municipal Services is paying dividends and we are seeing remarkable recovery and rehabilitation of those sphagnum bogs in the Namadgi national park. That is to the great benefit, obviously, of the environment overall, of the fauna that rely on those bogs and for the water quality in the Cotter River catchment.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Is the government supportive of the project at Tuggeranong Homestead to restore the watercourse down there?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. I am aware of those proposals. The government’s view in relation to those proposals is that they need to be assessed in the context of the work undertaken between the government and the CSIRO on the most suitable sites for possible wetland installation in the Tuggeranong Valley. We will continue to take a rigorous approach to assessing those kinds of sites.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—Kingston foreshore

Government—environmental performance reporting

MR CORBELL: Madam Assistant Speaker, yesterday in question time Ms Hunter asked me: was the time frame for making decisions on the Quayside development held up by the use of the stop-the-clock provision in order for a regulation to be prepared? The answer to Ms Hunter’s question is that no stop-the-clock provision was applied in this matter, and subsequently the development application was not held up due to this provision.

Ms Bresnan asked me what coordination was undertaken within ACTPLA to ensure that the decisions to approve the development application for Quayside in Kingston were notified after the regulation was notified. My answer is that it is normal practice in a situation where there are two parallel processes occurring within a single government entity to coordinate those processes. In this case, the determination of the development application occurred soon after the making of the regulation so as to realise the government’s objective relating to the enactment. The subsequent notification of the DA decision to the interested parties followed soon after the DA decision was made.

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