The Canberra Times is having a fret over the dangers to Canberra’s ute driving classes should pesky planning controls delay the Cotter Dam expansion.
Chamber of Commerce boss Chris Peters says that with major construction work winding up in the Territory pesky community consultation and environmental concerns must be thrown to the wind in order to keep these precious assets from leaving for greener pastures:
- ”The risk for us is we will lose our tradespeople, particularly on the civil engineering side, who are very mobile. They’ll move wherever the work is.”
Actew Corporation managing director Mark Sullivan has previously said the territory’s planning and approvals process had caused delays.
Given that ACTEW does most of its business here you’d like to think they’d get their heads around the planning and approvals process wouldn’t you?
While we’re on that process on Saturday ACTEW announced that they’ve lodged a Development Application to do the dam expansion.
Andrew Barr is also heralding the new step along the path.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has announced that they have indeed taken delivery of the DA.
If you’re really interested there are dozens of documents online forming the application and if you want to comment you need to get your act together by 31 July.