Page 544 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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report four types of symptoms most frequently: abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, needing to urinate often or urgently, and feeling full after eating a small amount.

Women who have any of these symptoms, if the symptoms are new for them and happen multiple times during a four-week period, are encouraged to visit their doctor. A symptom diary available from Ovarian Cancer Australia website can be used to track the occurrence of the symptoms.

The mission of Ovarian Cancer Australia is to support those affected by ovarian cancer, to give them a voice, to facilitate research and to raise awareness on a national scale. Further information on ovarian cancer, including treatment of the disease, is available on the website of Ovarian Cancer Australia. Teal ribbons can be purchased for $2 each through the website and at some pharmacies. I encourage all Canberrans to support the campaign. I commend Ovarian Cancer Australia for their work on behalf of Australian women and their families.

Hume—proposed plastics to fuel facility

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (6.34): I rise this evening to put on record a level of unease I have towards the proposed FOY Group development located in Hume that is close to residents in my electorate and my neighbourhood. Since September of last year and over the summer, I have heard from many local constituents who live in Gilmore, Chisholm, Macarthur and Fadden in particular. They have raised with me the issue of the development that has been proposed in Hume by the FOY Group. I am sure other members of Brindabella have also heard these concerns.

The FOY Group seeks to build a plastics to fuel facility on the southern edge of the Hume industrial area. A facility of this type, as proposed, has caused much concern for my constituents who live close to the proposed site. Local constituents are concerned about the potential impacts that such a facility could have on them and their families. Concerns that I have heard range from the effect of the facility’s emissions that could possibly impact on the residents in the area to the greenhouse gas emissions that the facility itself could create. Other concerns are the noise generated by the plant, which could potentially operate 24 hours a day; the risk of contamination of the land should the facility go ahead; and inadequate consultation with residents.

The environmental impact statement submitted by FOY has been criticised as inadequate by almost all of the submissions on the EIS to the planning and land management directorate. Many of these submissions were incredibly detailed and submitted by experts in the field, outlining what seem to be deficiencies in the EIS and calling for a more thorough assessment of the environmental impact of this facility. This process must be done correctly for the community to have confidence in the outcome.

I acknowledge that the Minister for Planning and Land Management has responded to these community concerns and has announced the establishment of a panel of health and environment experts to report in April of this year on any potential impacts to the community from this development. I welcome that announcement. I particularly

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