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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3274..


MR BARR (continuing):

The committee's 13th recommendation is that the Australian Archaeological Survey Consultants Pty Ltd 2006 heritage review recommendations for the Molonglo Valley be adopted. This recommendation is supported. The AASC report recommendations are being implemented. In relation to north Weston, Coombs and Wright, a consultant is being engaged by ACTPLA to undertake a thorough review of the 2006 heritage report, together with additional field survey investigations that will include test pit sampling, as required.

This will be undertaken in conjunction with the ACT Heritage Unit, the Heritage Council and registered Aboriginal organisations. The Weston caretaker's cottage is currently undergoing an assessment to determine its heritage significance. Additional heritage investigations will be undertaken for all future suburbs as part of the concept planning process prior to any development occurring.

A heritage management plan for Weetangera cemetery located outside the development area is also to be undertaken. It should be noted that the final alignment of the east-west arterial road will be further investigated with particular reference to adjoining areas of potential high archaeological sensitivity.

The committee's 14th recommendation is that the requirement to adhere to Australian standards relating to road lighting, obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting and sports lighting be specifically listed in the development controls for all types of development in east Molonglo. This recommendation is also supported. Variation 281 specifically identifies the relevant Australian standards that are to be addressed in any development in east Molonglo.

The committee's 15th recommendation is that the ACT government prepare a map of all horse accessible shared paths throughout the Molonglo development area. This recommendation is supported. The ACT government will prepare a map of all horse accessible shared paths in the Molonglo development area. Trails will be designed to provide connectivity between the Bicentennial National Trail, the Pegasus Riding School for the Disabled, the Forest Park Riding School and the public equestrian park in Yarralumla. Horse specific underpasses will be incorporated where required and will be built, at a minimum, to the relevant Australian standards.

The committee's 16th recommendation is that the ACT government take all reasonable steps to maximise solar block orientation for residential development in the Molonglo Valley. This recommendation is supported. Development will continue to prioritise sustainability measures such as solar orientation in all greenfield development areas. Further, the Planning and Land Authority is currently undertaking a review of the ACT subdivision standards to ensure that best practice planning for sustainability is being applied in the ACT.

I am very pleased to table the approved variation 281 and the government's response to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment report No 36 on the draft variation to the territory plan No 281. I would like to take the time to thank the committee for considering and reporting on the draft variation and acknowledging the formalisation of the outcomes of the strategic planning for the Molonglo area, as identified in the Canberra spatial plan 2004.


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