Page 1366 - Week 04 - Thursday, 30 March 2017

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It is important that we think long-term to improve water quality by taking action now. H2OK, the keeping our waterways healthy program, will run in conjunction with the construction of new infrastructure on up to 25 sites around the ACT. The program will run until June 2019.

H2OK, keeping our waterways healthy, aims to reduce pollutants entering our waterways by engaging with the community and teaching people better ways to keep pollutants out of our water. The program highlights key habits that contribute to poor water quality, such as raking or blowing leaves into drains, overfertilising, and washing cars in driveways. A range of education and engagement activities such as community events, demonstration sites and artwork on stormwater drains, as well as a region-wide advertising campaign, will be used to show how simple changes in behaviour can help keep our waterways healthy.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, I call an end to today’s apocalypse and ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—waste facility

MR GENTLEMAN: I refer to my answer to Mrs Dunne’s question yesterday about the FOY proposal. I said that I was not aware of the specifics of Ms Le Couteur’s question. That is correct, and I now have further information for the Assembly.

On Tuesday, I became aware that FOY had submitted further information to the expert inquiry panel and as such asked my office to request further information about this. In addition, on Wednesday morning, Ms Le Couteur’s office contacted my office to discuss the extra information. During this conversation, her office said a question on FOY would be forthcoming. My office informed me of this.

When the information requested was received, I asked my office to ask the expert panel to extend their time line so the information could be shared and commented on. This occurred, and a media release was distributed on Wednesday with that advice. As such, I was aware that Ms Le Couteur may ask a question but, I repeat, was not aware of the specifics of the question she would ask. In fact, I was not able to fully answer Ms Le Couteur’s question on Wednesday, but I can now.

Officials from EPSC have sent emails to all people who attended the public hearing. Details have been provided to these people about the new information submitted by FOY as well as the extension of the time frame to make any further submissions to the panel. Details of the extended time frame to provide submissions have also been placed on the EPSC website. I want to thank my staff, in particular Bethel Sendaba, my planning adviser, for the hard work during this sitting period.

Animals—dangerous dogs

Health—colonoscopy waiting times

MS FITZHARRIS: I refer to Mr Doszpot’s earlier question about the animal welfare and management strategy. As I mentioned yesterday, and have mentioned on a

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