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Elizabeth Lopa, dated 24 and 26 August 2015.

Gordon Elliot, dated 20 and 25 August 2015.

Helen Pappas, dated 21 and 26 August 2015.

John Wynants, dated 19 and 25 August 2015.

Michael Trushell, dated 21 and 25 August 2015.

Nicholas Holt, dated 11 and 26 August 2015.

Paul Lewis, dated 10 and 17 August 2015.

Paul Peters, dated 24 and 26 August 2015.

Phillip Perram, dated 25 and 26 August 2015.

Yu-Lan Chan, dated 17 August 2015.

Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2015—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Auditor-General’s Act, pursuant to subsection 17(6)—Auditor-General’s Report No 6/2015—Bulk Water Alliance—Government response.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I am pleased to present the government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report No 6 of 2015 on the Bulk Water Alliance. An audit of ACTEW’s water infrastructure projects, including the enlarged Cotter Dam, the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline and the Googong Dam spillway, was first identified in the Auditor-General’s 2013-14 performance audit program. It was subsequently determined that the audit should also investigate a public interest disclosure lodged in August 2013 which raised concerns with the management of the three large water security projects under the Bulk Water Alliance and with the reporting of the increasing costs of the enlarged Cotter Dam to the ACT community.

The audit report does not contain any recommendations. The key objective of the audit was to provide an independent opinion to the Legislative Assembly on the effectiveness of ACTEW’s management of its Bulk Water Alliance and the delivery of the associated infrastructure projects. The audit considered the governance and administrative arrangements of the Bulk Water Alliance, how these assisted ACTEW to manage its financial and performance risks in the delivery of the significant infrastructure and the various costs and time taken to complete each of the projects.

The report concluded that it was effective and appropriate for ACTEW to establish the Bulk Water Alliance to deliver these major infrastructure projects. Of note, the report found the roles and responsibilities for the Bulk Water Alliance, including those of

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