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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2935..


Silverton building site

(Question No 376)

Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the Silverton Building site on Moore Street:

(1) Who owns the site.

(2) How long has the site been vacant.

(3) When will the site be developed.

(4) Why is the site vacant.

(5) What are the legal requirements to develop the site.

(6) Have all the legal requirements in relation to the site been met.

(7) If the site is not redeveloped will the Government resume the lease.

(8) What are the legal requirements for maintaining a lease in a neat and tidy state.

Mr Smyth: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

(1) Notrevlis Pty Limited.

(2) The building was demolished in 1995. Approval for demolition was granted on 29 September 1994 by the former Department of the Environment, Land and Planning, under the then Labor Government.

(3) The existing approval of 22 July, 1999 is for a 7 storey office tower building with basement car parking and ground floor retail. The approval is valid for two years from the date of approval. A new application for a 7 storey office tower and ground floor retail, with basement car parking, was lodged 10 May 2001 and is currently being considered by Planning and Land Management.

(4) The original building was demolished, as it was found to be structurally unsound.

(5) The original lease for the site was issued in 1982. The provisions of the lease required the lessee to erect a building, carparking and a colonnade at a cost of not less than two million dollars. These works were completed as required by the lease, and a certificate of compliance was issued.

The original lease did not contain the usual clause providing, in effect, that the lessee must not fail to use the land for the purposes expressed in the lease. Further, when the development approval of 29 September 1994 was granted, it approved demolition but did not require the lessee to construct a replacement building. The Government's ability to require the lessee to develop the land has therefore been limited.

(6) A Compliance Certificate is not issued until the building and development covenants of the lease have been complied with. The Compliance certificate for this lease was issued in December 1983.

(7) An application is currently being assessed for development of the site. The Government has no intention to resume the lease under these circumstances.


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