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Question Without Notice No. 753 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 September 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 11 September 2018

DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION —COST RECOVERY DISCUSSION PAPER

753. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the 10 May 2018 announcement to increase water licence and permit assessments for the mining and public water supply scheme by July 2018, subject to the gazettal of government, and the subsequent decision to release a discussion paper in August on these fee increases.

(1) Did the minister undertake any consultation prior to the 10 May decision?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) On what date did the minister decide to undertake a cost-recovery discussion paper?

(4) Has the minister made direct contact with every water user to notify them of this consultation process?

(5) If no to (4), how has the minister advertised the consultation process?

(6) Will the government publicly release all the submissions?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Water has provided the following information.

(1) Yes.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) It was on 24 July 2018.

(4) No.

(5) The consultation process is advertised on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website. Regional workshops were advertised in local newspapers.

(6) Yes, unless there is a specific request for a submission to be kept confidential.