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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2406..


building does not exceed 7,600 sq metres. The DA also includes the consolidation of Blocks 1 and 2, the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new commercial office building of 4 stories with basement car parks and associated works. The DA is currently being assessed by ACTPLA.

Subject to the provisions of the respective Crown leases and DA approvals, the timing of the implementation of DA approvals is a matter for the lessees for each site.

(2) The Government has, through the provisions of the Environment Protection Act 1997 (the Act), the power to issue an environment protection order for the assessment and/or remediation of a site if the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has reasonable grounds for believing that land is contaminated in such a way as to cause, or be likely to cause, either a significant risk of harm to human health or a significant risk of material environmental harm or serious environmental harm.

All DA approvals for residential or mixed use development of service station sites require, as a condition of DA approval, the site to be assessed, remediated and independently audited by the proponent.

The Territory Plan provides the opportunity for a range of other land uses for service station sites depending on their zone location in the Plan.

In circumstances where a lease contains a provision that requires the land to be used for a specific purpose (in this case a petrol station) and the land is not used for that purpose for a period exceeding 12 months then the ACTPLA is able to make an order requiring the lessee to undertake the activity. If that order is not complied with the ACTPLA is then able to commence proceeding to terminate the lease.

Taxis—subsidies

(Question No 2067)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) Since October 2001, how many times and when have the subsidies available under the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme been reviewed;

(2) What were the percentage levels of subsidy available under the scheme before and after each review;

(3) What were the maximum subsidy levels in money terms before and after each review;

(4) Since October 2001, how many times and when have maximum taxi fares in the ACT been reviewed;

(5) What were the maximum taxi fares before and after each review;

(6) Are the maximum subsidies available under the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme automatically adjusted when maximum taxi fares increase; if not, why; if so, is the amount of the automatic adjustment the same in percentage terms as the increase in taxi fares; if not, why;

(7) When do the automatic adjustments outlined in part (6) come into effect.


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