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Director, ACTCS. Complaints received at the AMC are responded to by the General Manager, Custodial Operations and logged by the AMC Compliance Team.

(4) Feedback is acknowledged, with further information provided if appropriate. The feedback may be forwarded to the relevant Manager, the ACTCS Executive or other relevant staff for consideration or appropriate action. All other correspondence is responded to as outlined in the response to question 3.

(5) Complaints or suggestions received by ACTCS are typically responded to within 20 working days, depending on the complexity of the issue. The individuals are provided with confirmation of receipt and expected time frame of ACTCS response within 5 working days of ACTCS receiving their complaint or suggestion.

(6) The ACTCS website does not currently provide any information on the ACT Minister for Corrections. ACTCS will update the Corrections website, including Ministerial reporting, as part of the ACT Government’s review of agency websites.

Environment—Molonglo nature reserve
(Question No 903)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) In relation to the Molonglo Nature Reserve, did the Government seek an exemption from a full environmental assessment for the Molonglo 3 development; if so, why.

(2) Why was the area not considered important with respect to its characteristic biological and natural landscape characteristics or other related phenomena.

(3) Did it take from 2014 to 2018 for the Government to release the Molonglo River Draft Management Plan; if so, why.

(4) Can the Minister outline the steps taken for the completion of the Molonglo Draft Management Plan and provide the date those stages were commenced and completed.

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

(1) Yes. Under Section 211 (s211) of the Planning and Development Act 2007 an exemption from requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been sought for Molonglo Stage 3.

The s211 is sought on the basis that sufficient environmental research and studies have been undertaken to identify the potential environmental impacts of the development in Molonglo Stage 3 satisfying both the Commonwealth and ACT legislation. As part of the s211 application, environmental studies were undertaken to address any matters listed under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 (NC Act).

The Molonglo area (including Molonglo Stage 3) has also been the subject of a Strategic Assessment under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) which gained approval in 2011. This is referred to as the Molonglo National Environmental Significance (NES) Plan.

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