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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 1973..

MRS BURKE (continuing):

This is an issue that I have often heard Professor Peter Collignon talk about lately. I think he is well on top of the issue. We have a very good professor there in terms of what he is doing in infectious disease control. I look forward to continued updates from the minister as this progresses. I thank her very much for tabling this paper today.


Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Variation to the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement—Variation Agreement between the Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory, dated 9 July 2007.

West Belconnen school

Paper and statement by minister

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 229B(7)—Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers—Development application No 200603581—West Belconnen Regional School—Block 1 Section 48 Holt, dated 22 August 2007.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: This matter relates to a proposal for which the Minister for Planning, Mr Barr, is responsible as minister for education. To avoid any potential for a conflict of interest, Mr Barr provided me with a delegation pursuant to section 254A of the Legislation Act 2001 to exercise the call-in powers under the land act.

On 15 August 2007, I directed, under section 229A of the land act, the ACT Planning and Land Authority to refer to me development application 200603581. The application sought approval for the construction of the West Belconnen Regional School. On 18 August 2007, I advised the ACT Planning and Land Authority that I had decided to consider the development application. This direction was notified on the legislation register.

On 22 August 2007, I approved the application using my powers under section 229B of the land act. In deciding the application, I gave careful consideration to the requirements of the territory plan, the advice of the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, the Heritage Council and the ACT Planning and Land Authority. I also gave consideration to the four written submissions received by ACTPLA during the public notification period of the DA in May 2007. I have imposed conditions requiring reduction in the overall height of the proposed buildings, the management of noise potentially generated by the use of the gymnasium and the provision of an appropriate and timely level of off-site works.

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