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Question On Notice No. 1675 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 October 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Gooseberry Hill Primary School entry on the Contaminated Sites Database, which states that the school is irrigated by waters pumped from the Ledger Road Dam and will continue to be, and I ask, will the Minister please explain the discrepancy between this information and the response provided to my question on notice No. 1326, answered on 21 August 2018?

Answered on 7 November 2018

The discrepancy was with the information shown in the Contaminated Sites Database that the Gooseberry Hill Primary School (at 24 Ledger Road in Gooseberry Hill) was supplied by water from the dam located at Crown Reserve 16922 (the Ledger Road Dam). This was based on information submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in July 2018.

 

Before responding to the Question on Notice No. 1326, further advice was sought from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Education. The Department of Education subsequently confirmed that water from the Ledger Road Dam had not been used to irrigate the school grounds since around 2002. Scheme water, supplied by the Water Corporation, has been used to irrigate the school grounds since this time.

 

While the site classification remains remediated for restricted use, due to the requirement for ongoing management of unexpected potential asbestos containing materials, on 29 October 2018 the reasons for classification in the Contaminate Site Database was updated to reflect the recent information from the Department of Education.

 

The Department of Education will be updating and resubmitting the applicable contaminated site reports to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.