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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3173..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

are other circumstances, such as a completely new dwelling through a dual occupancy development, or a major extension to a dwelling, which surely would require and should require the sort of survey certificate proposed by Mr Rugendyke.

We will look closely at that disallowable instrument when it is presented, but the Labor Party will support in total the amendments proposed by the government today.

MR RUGENDYKE (3.39): I thank members for supporting the government's amendments. Amendments 1 and 2 simply clarify what is intended, following consultation with the legal advisers from PALM and Parliamentary Counsel.

The third amendment was surprisingly difficult to deal with-how you describe how a dual occupancy fits the lay of the land, so to speak; how to get that into a survey certificate. But that was the intent; to have a dual occupancy development or an extension consistent with the lay of the land. It was not easy to draft, and I applaud Parliamentary Counsel and departmental officers for being able to do that in such a succinct way.

Amendment 4 refers to the exemptions. I heard Mr Corbell's concerns about what may be developed. He is correct in that small-scale developments that have no bearing on siting and so on, such as altered doorways and windows, and carports, would be able to be exempted. Large developments at the other end of the scale would also be able to be exempted. For example, a large commercial development where survey certificates are a normal part of the process would be very strictly governed by correct sitings through the survey certificates and so on. Those are the sorts of exemptions that are most likely to be granted.

The main thrust of this piece of legislation is to deal with developments and extensions which effectively overcrowd existing blocks and cause grief for residents in our city. I thank members for supporting these amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Postponement of order of the day

Ordered that order of the day No 3, private members business, be postponed until the next day of sitting.

Ordered that order of the day No 4, private members business, be postponed until a later hour this day.


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