Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 55..
Mr Corbell (continuing):
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Territory plan-variation No 217
Paper and statement by minister
MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Land (Planning And Environment) Act-Approval of Variation No. 217 to the Territory Plan-Heritage Places Register-Whitley Houses Section 23 Blocks 6, 11 and 12 Griffith and Section 10 Block 4 Braddon, dated 2 February 2004, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.
I ask for leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, draft variation 217 concerns the entry of the Whitley houses at section 23 blocks 6, 11 and 12 in Griffith and section 10 block 4 in Braddon onto the heritage places register at appendix 5 of the territory plan written statement. The Whitley houses were among the first government-designed and built single-storey detached houses in the functionalist style in Australia. The houses have been assessed by the ACT Heritage Council and found to be of heritage significance. They were included on the interim heritage places register on 26 October 2002 and submitted to the ACT Planning and Land Authority in accordance with section 63 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 on 17 December 2002.
The variation was released for public comment on 22 May last year, with comments closing on 4 August last year. Four written submissions were received as a result of public consultation on the draft variations. These submissions expressed general support for the proposal to enter the Whitley houses on the heritage places register. A number of minor revisions were made to the variation as a result of the consultation process.
The Standing Committee on Planning and Environment considered the revised draft variation and, in report 24 of 7 January this year, made three recommendations. The committee's first recommendation was that the government significantly strengthen the existing heritage places register framework to ensure the protection of places of heritage significance that are to be incorporated into residential developments by strengthening the compliance, monitoring and enforcement components to ensure the conservation and significance of such places.