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CPR Inc Annual General Meeting - Thursday 12 November 2009, 7:30pm - Scout Hall, Fadden Pines

Join us for our AGM at the Scout Hall on Coyne Street, Fadden Pines - click here to view the venue location map

Public Hearings and Inquiry into Auditor-General's report on site-selection process

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts is currently holding an Inquiry (details here) in to the recommendations (media release here) of the Auditor-General's report (available here) no. 7 of 2008 published 10 December 2008.

Submissions to the Inquiry should be made by email to committees@parliament.act.gov.au so that they may place on record whether the community impact was resolved by their subsequent actions of consultation, downsizing, relocation and enacted legislation to fast-track an alternative site, just 1km from the initial site.

Public hearings are ongoing and the next is scheduled in Committee Room 1 at the Legislative Assembly for the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) at 2:00pm on Wednesday 14 October 2009. You are encouraged to attend.

Transcripts of previous appearances by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, Minister for Health Katy Gallagher, Minister for Planning Andrew Barr, Auditor-General Tu Pham, CPR Inc and ACTEW Corporation Ltd can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website here

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Pope - St Jon tasers Auditor-General

Pope - ACT Elections developer's vote

Pope - Community "Consultation"

Nitrous Oxide Pollution Map

Pollution Fallout Zone

Why are we concerned?

A consortium led by ActewAGL is seeking to build data storage warehouses supported by a polluting 45MW (MegaWatt) fossil-fuel gas-fired power station (comprising 3 jet turbines) to run all the time) near to the residential areas of Southern Canberra in the Tuggeranong Valley, Canberra

The power station will impact the environment and affect the health of thousands of Canberrans

The project appears to be more about profits than it is about benefit to the people of Canberra. Capital Works cost is estimated at $87 million. The claim is that this is a $1 billion ($1,000 million) project.

Lack of transparency and accountability - the public has been mislead, misinformed and has not been consulted with respect to the latest DA 200813657.

CPR launches "Leave Labor Blank" campaign

In an effort to create a more evenly distributed balance of power in the Legislative Assembly, CPR Inc has produced 3 flyers & a trailer, calling for the electorate to "Leave Labor Blank"

Download flyer (Adobe PDF, A4, black & white, double-sided, 1.2Mb)

Make your vote count on October 18

How many jobs will be created by the data centre or the new power station?

Data centres do not need many people to run them. Power Stations are all automated.

The maximum number of jobs during construction could be 100-150 and at the meeting on Monday 28 April, the CB Richard Ellis spokesman, Tony Adams, admitted employment would be minimal with an estimate of about 5 - 50 people at the most.

The hundreds of car parking spaces set aside in the plan, are apparently for, again according to Carston Larson the ActewAGL project manager “if there is a disaster”. He was, we believe, referring to a disaster off site and presumably he would then expect hundreds of people to flood into the data centre to protect their data ruined from off site.

We find this difficult to believe as other data centres do not hold that many car parking spaces and we do not see the purpose of concreting and maintaining a car park of this considerable size for the rare chance that people will need to access the data centre all at the same time.

We believe the car parking spaces may be allocated now and will be used later to expand the Power Station size and increase the profit for ActewAGL.

- The vast majority of this $1 billion construction could be given to an out of state construction company (big enough to handle it).
- The gas is from out of state.
- The power is no longer part of a "state significant" project.
- The profit will go into a private company.
- The power station and data centre will employ minimal people.

Library of key documents

Letters from/to CPR Inc

From Katy Gallagher - safety - 21 Apr 09

To Maxine Cooper re health - 15 Mar 09

To Mark Cormack re health - 15 Mar 09

From Dr Eddie O'Brien - 06 Mar 09

To Ian Thompson re health - 22 Feb 09

To Jenelle Reading re health - 22 Feb 09

To John Woollard re health - 10 Feb 09

To Charles Guest re health - 30 Jan 09

To Chief Minister re draft EIS urgency - 08 Dec 08

To MLAs re alternative site - 07 Dec 08

To Liberals & Greens re when moving? - 04 Dec 08

To Chief Minister re representation - 01 Dec 08

To Chief Minister re people - 27 Nov 08

To Minister for Planning re extension - 24 Nov 08

To Minister for Planning re EIS - 24 Nov 08

To MLAs re draft EIS - 23 Nov 08

To MLAs re compensation claims - 21 Nov 08

To Zed Seselja re support - 19 Nov 08

To Greens & Liberals re moving - 14 Nov 08

To MLAs re historical timeline - 13 Nov 08

Media releases from CPR Inc

Stanhope manipulates planning - 10 Dec 08

Response to alternative site - 07 Dec 08

Re Task Force's alternate site findings - 04 Dec 08

Statement re draft EIS release - 18 Nov 08

Re transferable EIS - 14 Nov 08

Re timeline letter to MLAs - 13 Nov 08

Re-focus media from Greens hysteria - 29 Oct 08

Power Station election issue - 15 Sep 08

Data Centres illegal on Broadacre - 01 Sep 08

Everything pollutes, just add more - 17 Jul 08

Health Forum and NO2 pollution map - 14 Jul 08

Call for an EIS - 18 Jun 08

Submissions from CPR Inc

CPR submission to GHD draft EIS

Review of the EPBC Act
(pending permission to publish)


Legal Opinion

Health Impact Assessment Steering Group

CPR submission to ACTPLA (2)

CPR submission to ACTPLA (1)

Freedom of Information documents (2)

Freedom of Information documents (1)

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Become a member of CPR Inc

You can download our membership form and join CPR Inc for $30, inclusive of first year's membership. All proceeds directly assist CPR Inc in its campaign to have the power station/data centre relocated away from residential areas and not to be developed on the horse paddocks in Tuggeranong.

Click here for full details on becoming a CPR Inc member including the membership form and the address to send it to.

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Disclaimer: This web site was created to aid Canberra residents in gaining information regarding the ACTEWAGL proposed development of a major utility gas-fired power station and data centre. The contents of this site have been provided by other concerned residents who do not have the resources, either time nor money, that ACTEWAGL have to commission investigations, surveys and reports. These residents do have some skills and expertise in the areas they have provided details. They may make mistakes in their figures, especially those relating to high technology. They did not do this deliberately to mislead and any corrections are welcomed. We ask that you use this web site as a source of information and research details for yourself. The creators of this web site do not support all the views contained on this web site and again stress this site is provided as a resource for Canberrans to gain information and support research into this $2 billion project. It will affect you - use your voice.