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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-2009 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 18..


The petition raises concerns that the magnitude of the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Canberra Technology City remains unknown. The very purpose of a PA process is to ascertain the extent of potential impacts and determine whether higher level environmental assessment is required.

The DA process will determine the suitability of the land for the proposed use after consideration of the requirements of the Territory Plan, relevant legislation, and the outcome of the PA evaluation. As part of its assessment, ACTPLA will also take into consideration submissions from the community. The outcome of the determination by ACTPLA, as sought by the petition, should not be pre-empted.

By Mr Barr, Minister for Planning, dated 16 July 2008, in response to petitions (2) lodged by Mr Pratt (Sixth Assembly) on 26 June 2008 concerning the proposed Canberra Technology City.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Gas-fired power station

The response read as follows:

Response for tabling to petition lodged on 25 June 2008 by Mr Pratt MLA, in relation to DA 200704152, Tuggeranong district.

The applicant for this proposal has lodged alterations to the application to respond to many of the concerns raised by the community. The altered application has been renotified and is the subject of assessment.

The evaluation of a PA and the assessment of a DA are the responsibility of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and due process needs to be followed.

The Government has only provided "in principle"agreement to the use of the site for the purpose sought, subject to planning approval.

The petition raises concerns that the magnitude of the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Canberra Technology City remains unknown. The very purpose of a PA process is to scope the extent of potential impacts and determine whether higher level environmental assessment is required.

The DA process will determine the suitability of the land for the proposed use after consideration of the requirements of the Territory Plan, relevant legislation, and the outcome of any PA evaluation. As part of its assessment, ACTPLA will also take into consideration submissions from the community. The assessment process is determined by the provisions of the Land (Planning & Environment) Act 1991 and it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the DA assessment in the manner suggested by the petition.

By Ms Gallagher, Minister for Health, dated 21 August 2008, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Gallagher on 17 June 2008 concerning publicly funded chiropractic services in the ACT.


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