|Hansard of the
Tuesday 14 November 2007
PULP MILL - WATER PIPELINE
Mr FINCH (Question)- Can the Leader give an indication of how
much private land will be affected by the routing of the water
pipeline to the proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley? Do private
land-holders have the right to refuse to have the pipeline cross
Mr PARKINSON - I thank the honourable member for his question.
In relation to the matter of private land transected by the
proposed water and effluent pipelines, Gunns is required under
the permit to negotiate with private owners to come to a commercial
arrangement for a legal easement for the ongoing operation of
its pipeline and access rights during construction. There is
no compulsory acquisition process provided in the permit for
this or any other pulp mill purpose. Consequently, the Government
is not aware in detail of the exact impact on private property
owners of the pipelines. That is a matter for Gunns. However,
the Government anticipates that a large proportion of both pipelines
will be constructed on crown land or contained within existing
road reservations. The actual number of private properties involved
will not be known until Gunns has finalised its preferred route
for both pipelines. However, based on details of the pipeline
corridors provided to the Government for other purposes, the
pipeline lengths are as follows and we have estimated for the
maximum number of private properties involved. The water pipeline
is 39.8 kilometres long and it is estimated it may pass through
up to 37 properties. The effluent pipeline is 22.7 kilometres
and it is estimated that it may pass through up to nine properties.
More details can be found in the permit LU1 condition 2.7 regarding
the water supply pipeline and condition 2.38 regarding the waste
water pipeline and under permits LU3 and LU4, condition 2.6.
For question two, the answer is, yes.