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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3720..


Mr Quinlan (continuing):

Financial Management Act-Pursuant to section 26 (3)-Interim Consolidated Financial Management Report for the financial quarter and year-to-date ending 30 June 2004.

Australian Capital Tourism Corporation Act-Australian Capital Tourism Corporation-

Pursuant to subsection 28 (3)-Quarterly report-April to June 2004.

Pursuant to subsection 23 (8)-Business Plan 2004-2007, dated 27 April and 28 April 2004.

Territory plan-variation

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning): I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Approval of Variation No 235 to the Territory Plan-Conder Block 2, Section 288 (Conder Group Centre)-Proposed supermarket site, dated 11 August 2004, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Draft variation No.235 proposes to allow a supermarket development on block 2, section 228, Conder within precinct C of the Conder Group Centre with a maximum gross floor area of 1,500 square metres. The variation was released for public comment on 19 February 2004 with comments closing on 5 April 2004. A total of five submissions were received during that period. The issues raised in the submissions were addressed in the "Report on Consultation with Public and Government Agencies."No revisions were made to the variation as a result of the consultation process.

The Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, in its report 32 of July 2004, made three recommendations in relation to the draft variation. The committee's first recommendation was that future draft variations relating to direct lease grants be required to provide in detail both the spatial and economic analysis that was undertaken and the criteria that were used to assess the proposals. The ACT Planning and Land Authority undertook detailed economic and planning assessments of the potential impact of the proposed development on the surrounding area. The draft variation proceeded on the basis of that analysis.

In preparing draft variations the authority needs to make a judgment on the amount of information to be incorporated in the document to ensure that it is both readable and presented concisely to the public. The ACT Planning and Land Authority will in future consider including more detailed information in draft variations where appropriate. The committee's second recommendation was that the government proceed with the


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