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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 13 August 2015) . . Page.. 2868 ..

In addition, we have engaged technical advice to help inform our decision making as a government through the project management group. A community advisory group has also been set up to help guide the project. So very clearly we have a strong commitment to public consultation because Canberrans care about their lakes and ponds, they care about their urban waterways and they want to see them improved. We have secured the money to do that. We have identified the options and now we are letting Canberrans have their say as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Fitzharris.

MS FITZHARRIS: Minister, can you tell us more about the survey underway to collect feedback from Canberrans and residents of surrounding councils on how they use their lakes and waterways and their views on water quality?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her supplementary. A survey has been undertaken as part of a research project funded through the basin priority project. It is looking at the social expectations of waterways and water use behaviour in the ACT and region. We as a government have engaged the University of Canberra to undertake the research study and survey to help establish what social expectations the community has around the use and amenity of our urban waterways. To manage our waterways effectively, we need to know how residents of the ACT experience their waterways, what they value most about them, how they view issues of water quality and what behaviours they undertake that can affect water quality.

The survey will not only focus on the ACT; it also covers the surrounding upper Murrumbidgee catchment, including local government areas in Queanbeyan, Palerang, Cooma-Monaro and the Yass valley. The target number for responses to the survey is 3,000, and I am pleased to say that we have seen significant progress towards that target.

The findings of the survey will help the government to identify further strategies to improve water quality and environmental health in the ACT and in the surrounding region, a very important part of underpinning this major investment that we are making in improving the health of Canberra’s waterways and Canberra’s lakes and ponds, and providing opportunities to have a better environment for everybody to enjoy.

Schools—Telopea Park

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, yesterday, 12 August 2015, in the Assembly you moved an amendment to my motion that was ultimately passed and warmly endorsed by Minister Rattenbury. You both modestly later claimed victory for what you described as you delivering what the community wanted. Chief Minister, can you confirm whether the former section of Montgomery oval resumed from Telopea Park School will now return to the school and under what arrangements will that be done?

MR BARR: Yes, I can confirm that, and it will be in accordance with the resolution

agreed to by the Assembly yesterday.

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