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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 1469..


Planning—Molonglo land release

DR FOSKEY: Regarding the commitment in this year's budget to release land for housing in Molonglo—

MR SPEAKER: To whom is the question addressed?

DR FOSKEY: I think it is for the Minister for Planning, but it is one of those areas that may be for the Chief Minister. I am going to leave it to the experts to decide. It is a planning question. Consequently, I will first address it to the Minister for Planning.

In regard to the commitment in this year's budget to release land for housing in Molonglo by 2008-09, can the Minister for Planning please advise the Assembly of the time frame for the National Capital Authority to amend the national capital plan and for ACTPLA to amend the territory plan so that the roads and services can be designed and the building begun?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. I can provide some information in relation to that. I understand that the National Capital Authority board met on 22 and 23 May to consider the draft amendment to the national capital plan for the Molonglo Valley. A consultation period is likely to commence in July for a period of eight weeks. I am advised that the authority is preparing a consultation strategy to facilitate wide community access to information and displays, including a 3D computer model, on the proposed development.

DR FOSKEY: Can the minister please advise the Assembly on how long it usually takes from the first circulation of proposed variations to these two plans to the first work on the ground?

MR BARR: It is somewhat difficult to provide a usual instance in this case because this is the first time that such a process has occurred. It is the government's intention, as outlined in the budget, to see some development, following the appropriate process, within the 2008-09 financial year. I understand that there are two parallel planning processes that have to occur. It is difficult for me to give an exact answer to Dr Foskey's question because it is not a usual practice. I can perhaps take further advice on the time frames and the processes, depending on the aspects of the NCA's consultation, and provide further advice to the Assembly, perhaps when we next sit, as we will have further clarity around the NCA process and its exact time lines for consultation at that time.

Housing—public

MRS BURKE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Housing. Minister, according to your media release yesterday, Housing ACT has estimated that under-utilisation of properties has resulted in an equivalent 500 three-bedroom properties sitting empty across the ACT. At the same time you said:


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