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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4049..


Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1 ) I tabled the report of the Business Regulation Review Taskforce on Thursday 21 November 2002. The Committee was charged with identifying any regulatory processes which impose unnecessary burdens, costs or disadvantages on business activities in the ACT, and to recommend a course of action. The Committee consulted widely with the business community, and delivered its report on 30 September 2002. A Government Response to the Committee's recommendations will be brought forward early in 2003.

(2) Copies of the report were provided to you at tabling. Additional copies are available from the Department of Treasury, Microeconomic Reform Unit. Alternatively, an electronic copy is available on the website at:

http://www.act.gov.au/ti/brr/index.html .

Endangered places

(Question No 320)

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

In relation to:

(1) What action does the government propose to take to protect the two ACT sites listed recently by the National Trust's Endangered Places List, ie, Ginninderra Blacksmith's Shop and the Whitley Houses in Griffith.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The Ginninderra Blacksmith's Shop is already entered to the Heritage Places Register. In the 2000/2001 Heritage Grants program the Government awarded a heritage grant to the National Trust to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the Blacksmith's workshop. The Plan was completed in 2002. Earlier this year another Heritage Grant to the National Trust to undertake urgent conservation works was awarded. In September this year, the ACT Heritage Unit provided further assistance to the National Trust to implement these works. The Heritage Unit funded staff and a week of assistance for the project through the Conservation Volunteers Australia organisation. These actions should ensure that the place is adequately conserved into the future.

The Cuthbert Whitley modernist houses in Griffith have been assessed as a significant part of the ACT's heritage. The ACT Heritage Council notified an entry to an interim ACT Heritage Places Register to take effect on 26 October 2002. The register entry requires conservation of the houses and in accordance with strict heritage controls allows for some further development of their sites. The interim registration is subject to appeal in the AAA.


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