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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 650..


MR CORBELL: Section 216A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 specifies that a statement must be tabled in the Legislative Assembly, outlining details of leases granted by direct grant, leases granted to community organisations, leases granted for less than market value and leases granted over public land.

The schedule I now table covers leases granted for the period 1 October 2001 to 31 September 2001. I am also tabling two other schedules. These relate to lease variations approved and change of use charges imposed for the same period.

I have also tabled, for the benefit of members, a copy of the leases granted, in October 2001, to the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) under disallowable instrument No 228 of 1997. The leases were granted to enable consolidation of the blocks in the Canberra Centre area.

Block 1 Section 79 City; Blocks 1-3 Section 83 City and Blocks 1-10 Section 82 City, containing a total area of approximately 6,153 square metres, were sold to Queensland Investment Corporation for $1,265,000, being the market value of the land determined by the Australian Valuation Office.

I have also tabled a copy of the lease that was granted to the ACT Racing Club Incorporated for Block 14 Section 71 Lyneham, for the purpose of additional training and stabling facilities.

Mr Speaker, in late 1997, BRL Hardy Ltd was given an incentive package for their proposal to establish a vineyard and winery in the ACT. The assistance package included the provision of a site of eight hectares on which a tourism facility could be developed. The preferred site identified by BRL Hardy included vacant land and Block 8 Section 71 Lyneham, which, at that time, was leased by ACT Racing. ACT Racing subsequently agreed to surrender the lease in exchange for the grant of a lease over another block.

The Australian Valuation Office has determined a current market value of $140,000 for Block 14. It is considered that the cost of works should be deducted from this, to enable the land to be offered at the same level of access and services as the block surrendered by ACT Racing. Taking these costs into account, the land has been offered to ACT Racing at no cost.

Australian Industrial Relations Commission-safety net review 2002

MS GALLAGHER (3.42): I move:

That the Legislative Assembly:

(1) support the recent submission by the ACT Government as part of the Safety Net Review 2002 undertaken by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission; and

(2) congratulate the Government on its intervention in this important area of social policy in support of achieving a real living wage for working families in the ACT.


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