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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 704..


MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

The draft plan of management aims to establish a framework to protect the significant values of the park while retaining opportunities for nature-based recreation, education and research.

In 2002, a discussion paper on the existing plan of management, prepared in 1986 under the commonwealth legislation, was released for public comment with the intention of developing a new, up-to-date plan of management for Namadgi national park. A revised plan was released for consultation in September 2005, and attracted 175 submissions from organisations and individuals. The draft plan has since been reworked in the light of public comment. The final Namadgi national park draft plan of management was forwarded to the committee by the Minister for Planning in December 2007, as required under section 203 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991. The committee looks forward to stakeholder submissions to the inquiry.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee.

The first relates to the review of Auditor-General's performance audit report No 4 of 2007: Regulation of ACT liquor licences. On 28 June 2007, Auditor-General's report No 4 of 2007was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 12 September 2007. After consideration, the committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. The terms of reference for the inquiry will be the matters considered in the report, and we are expecting to report to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT on the Auditor-General's report as soon as practicable, and certainly up to and including August.

In relation to the review of Auditor-General's performance audit report No 9 of 2006 entitled Sale of block 8, section 48, Fyshwick, on 12 December 2006 the report was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. This report relates to the sale of the EpiCentre site. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 29 March 2007. The report raises serious issues with regard to the development of retail facilities within the ACT. The report commented:

... the lack of clarity regarding the interpretation of aspects of the Territory Plan, particularly the permissible uses of industrial areas or land use restrictions, remained after the land sale, ACTPLA should consider the merit of further clarification of the industrial land use policies.

The report also stated:

... Audit did not find conclusive documents ... to indicate a clear policy intention to relax the 3 000 square metres limit per lease for shops other than bulky goods retailing.


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