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(3) There is no commencement date yet. The project is currently on hold until the community can raise additional funds.

(4) The adventure trail and nature play space will likely take about 6-8 weeks for construction using the minimal disturbance method involving Geotech fabric. This is around double the time expected for a conventional approach.

(Question No 3014)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 22 May 2020:

(1) In relation to the 330kV transmission lines recently constructed east of Ginninderra Estate, Holt, given that plans call for the large steel towers erected directly behind residential properties to be screened by vegetation, who is responsible for the planting of this screening vegetation.

(2) What species will the screening vegetation consist of, how many of each species will be used around each tower and what will be the placement.

(3) Will hedges be considered as an alternative for residents.

(4) Will residents whose environmental amenity has been degraded by the erection of these towers be consulted in any way regarding the selection of vegetation to be used in screening these towers; if so, how will this occur; if not, why not.

(5) When will the planting of this screening vegetation be completed.

(6) Who will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of this vegetation.

(7) Given that before the decision was made to locate this 330kV transmission line on the west side of the easement directly behind new houses in Ginninderra Estate, other possible routes were considered, (a) how many other routes were considered and where was each located, (b) why weren’t these other routes chosen, (c) how many of these routes would have resulted in large steel towers being erected directly behind people’s homes, (d) which route was determined to be the cheapest and (e) what other factors contributed to the route west of Ginninderra Estate being selected.

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

(1) The proponent, Transgrid, is responsible for the plantings between the new towers and Ginninderra Estate.

(2) The approved landscape plan (Attachment A) states that the locations of trees and species will be agreed in consultation with the landowners and properties adjacent.

(3) Planting locations and species are to be determined by agreement between Transgrid, the land custodians and property owners adjacent to the fence-line. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and development approval (DA201732500) required adequate screening to be provided with maximum heights for species growth to four metres.

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