Page 3829 - Week 10 - Thursday, 14 September 2017

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Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Deputy Director, Environment Protection (who will be statutorily appointed as the Environment Protection Authority (EPA)) position was advertised on Wednesday, 23 August via the website. Applications are open for a period of two weeks. Appointment is subject to a number of variables, including an applicant having been assessed as suitable and their availability to commence in the role.

(2) ACT Public Service recruitment guidelines will be followed. Heads of EPAs in other jurisdictions have also been made aware of the vacancy and advertisement.

(3) The Chief Operating Officer, Access Canberra will be the delegate for the recruitment of the EPA.

(4) The powers and responsibilities of the EPA are to administer the Environment Protection Act 1997 (EPA Act) and any other functions given to them by the EPA Act or another Territory Law.

(5) The responsibilities of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, having regard to the objects of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993, are to:

Investigate complaints about the management of the environment by the Territory or a Territory authority, and issues relating to ecologically sustainable development in the ACT;

Conduct investigations as directed by the Minister;

Conduct on the Commissioner’s own initiative, investigations into actions of an agency where those actions would have a substantial impact on the environment of the ACT; and

Deliver State of the Environment reports.

So the Commissioner’s responsibility is to keep the Government accountable for its management of the environment and sustainable development; whereas the EPA in essence regulates pollution in the Territory.

(6) The EPA is not a stand-alone agency and as such, does not have a head officer. The advertised position will hold the statutory office of the EPA, and be the Deputy-Director of Environment Protection, within Access Canberra.

Roads—licence plate recognition cameras
(Question No 584)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 25 August 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Regulatory Services):

(1) Will the Pinforce Licence Place Recognition cameras funded in the 2017-18 Budget be able to monitor motor vehicles parking in “No Parking” spaces.

(2) Will the Pinforce cameras be able to enforce restrictions on drivers parking in disability parking spaces without a valid mobility parking permit.

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