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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1362..


The Variation was revised to respond to additional recommendations made by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, following a consideration of the written submissions, and representations to the then Standing Committee on Urban Services made by several lessees.

The Committee's Interim Report of November 1998 did not endorse the draft Variation and recommended that Government officers liaise closely with rural lessees affected by the draft Variation in an effort to resolve the outstanding areas of dispute. The report further recommended that the liaison should extend to clarifying how the Government expects to manage the land once it is covered by a management plan.

Some minor amendments were made to the public land boundary for "The Rivers" following the site inspection and the revised Variation was forwarded to the lessees on 18 June 1999 with comments invited by 12 July 1999.

Planning and Land Management (PALM) conducted further consultation with the lessees in July 1999 and addressed the concerns which directly related to the draft Variation. The lessees raised a number of broad rural policy issues which did not relate specifically to the draft Variation but had already been considered as part of the Government's response to the Rural Task Force Report.

The current Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services considered the Revised draft Variation and, in Report Number 62 of November 2001, recommended:

� the revised Draft Variation 89 of the Territory Plan be endorsed, and that it incorporate the adjustment to the public land boundary agreed to by Environment ACT and Mr Tanner (a rural lessee);

� the boundary of this land be surveyed and a valuation of the site then be undertaken in order to facilitate final agreement on the matter of compensation; and

� this process occur as quickly as possible.

Environment ACT and Mr Tanner, the lessee concerned, have reached agreement on the new boundary, this has been surveyed and the new boundary has been included in the final Variation.

A valuation of the site is being undertaken in conjunction with the lessee.

I now table Variation No 89 to the Territory Plan for the Murrumbidgee and Lower Molonglo Rivers.

Paper

Mr Moore presented the following paper:

Territory Superannuation Provision Protection Act-Authorisation under subsection 14 (1)-Instrument No 89 of 2001, together with an explanatory statement (S22, dated 1 May 2001).


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