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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (29 May) . . Page.. 1115..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

invites visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea to the music of the 1920s and 1930s. Seventy-two public and education programs were held at three sites—Lanyon, Calthorpes' House and Mugga Mugga—and they targeted interstate and international visitors.

As members can see, the corporation provides many arts and cultural activities for all Canberrans and I am pleased to table this report.

Territory plan—variation No 259

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of variation No 259 to the territory plan—Woden Town Centre: commercial B—changes to precincts, entertainment accommodation and leisure and restricted access recreation land use policies and all town centres—changes to appendix II and commercial B precinct "c", dated 16 April 2007, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—report 23—Draft variation to the territory plan No 259—Woden town centre, town centre planning reforms and draft variation to the territory plan No 262—changes to A10 residential core area for Narrabundah—government response.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Draft variation No 259 to the territory plan proposes to change the land use policies and precinct boundaries for the Woden town centre in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Woden town centre master plan. The draft variation also proposes to delete the existing plot ratio controls for precinct "c"for all town centres. The preliminary assessment provisions in appendix II of the territory plan for all town centre areas will be amended by removing the requirement for preliminary assessments for buildings greater than 7,000 square metres in gross floor area and/or 28 metres in height.

The variation was released for public comment in August 2005 and attracted 12 written comments. Minor revisions to the exhibited draft variation in response to the public submissions and refining of the land use controls were made. The Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, in its report released in October, made 10 recommendations in relation to the draft variation, among which was a recommendation that the government proceed with its implementation. The government has considered the issues raised, and a government response that provides a detailed response to the committee's recommendations has been prepared.

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