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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3939..


In addition the ANU Precinct in City West, with a total commercial/residential capacity of approximately 180,000m2, is in the process of being created through the Strategic Partnership between the ANU and the Territory.

(2) Development on all the sites has commenced. Section 88 is nearing completion.

Planning—ACTPLA principles

(Question No 1297)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 45 in the Economic White Paper, what action has the ACT Government implemented to ensure that ACTPLA operates on 'best practice' principles in dealing with businesses;

(2) What feedback has been received from industry about the impact of this action;

(3) If no action has been taken in relation to ACTPLA operating processes, why not.

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

[Note this response is similar to the response to QON 1261]

(1) The reform of the ACT's planning system is continuing under a process that began in 2003 when the independent ACT Planning and Land Authority and the Land Development Agency were established.

The reform agenda, outlined in the Minister for Planning's Statement of Planning Intent of 2003, addresses arrange of matters to ensure that ACTPLA operates on 'best practice' principles in dealing with businesses.

(2) The feedback received from industry about this action has been positive both in terms of the short-term reforms and the proposed new legislation and restructure of the Territory Plan. The exposure draft is currently subject to further consultation and inquiry by the Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.

(3) Not applicable - see responses to parts (1) and (2) above.

Planning—airport transport connections

(Question No 1300)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 47 in the Economic White Paper, what collaborative arrangements have been put in place between the Commonwealth Government, the management of Canberra International Airport and the ACT Government to facilitate the planning and building of transport connections to the airport, especially from Civic;


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