Simon Corbell MLA
MINISTER FOR POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
MINISTER FOR TERRITORY AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR MOLONGLO
Mr Andrew Leigh MP
Federal Member for Fraser 1/8 Torrent Street
BRADDON ACT 2612
Dear Mr Leigh
Thank you for your representation of 26 August 2011 on behalf of Mr Christopher Watson regarding a suitable site for a second switching station in the ACT.
The second switching station is part of the ACT's Second Supply Project, being undertaken by Transgrid. I have been advised by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate that Transgrid has not yet discussed a specific location for the switching station with the Directorate, and it could be in NSW or the ACT.
If the location of the switching station were within the ACT it would require development assessment as a minimum, and for a non-urban area, matters such as visual and environmental impacts would be part of a comprehensive assessment to determine the suitability of the location. The development assessment process includes public notification of the proposal, to provide the community with an opportunity to comment on the details of the proposal.
Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I trust that this information is of assistance.
Simon Corbell MLA
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development
ACT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601 GPO Box 1020, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone (02) 6205 0000 Fax (02) 6205 0535 Email email@example.com
26 August 2011
Mr Christopher Watson
79 Denny Street
LATHAM ACT 2615
Dear Mr Watson
Thank you for your letters of 7 July 2011 and 2 August 2011 regarding the Murrumbidgee Gorges-Ginninderra Falls National Park and location for a second switching station.
Firstly, the Murrumbidgee Gorges-Ginninderra Falls National Park. As you correctly identify, purchasing of the land will require the cooperation of several jurisdictions. For information on grants you can go to http://www.grantslink.gov.au.
On the issue of a suitable location for a second switching station, I will pass on your concerns to the ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Mr Simon Corbell MLA. I will forward on his advice once it is received.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further advice or assistance.
Office: 8/1 Torrens Street, Braddon ACT 2612
Phone: (02) 6247 4396 ï® Fax: (02) 6247 3457
Email: Andrew.Leigh.MP@aph.gov.au ï® www.andrewleigh.com