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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4152..


(3) Ecologists within TAMS are monitoring the effectiveness of current cat containment areas at Forde and Bonner. TAMS will seek further expert and stakeholder advice in the development of the full Cat Containment Policy.

Planning—land releases

(Question No 1013)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Land and Property Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2010 (redirected to the Minister for Planning):

In relation to the commercial and industrial land release program and given that a key deliverable in the 2010-11 budget is re-establishing an operational predictive retail model in the ACT, what does this entail.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

A new retail model is currently being developed for the ACT Planning and Land Authority by SGS Economics and Planning. The model will provide estimates of existing and future retail expenditure by district and by suburb; sales by centre; sales per square metre of Net Selling Area by centre; and sales by floorspace type.

As part of the development of the model, SGS is consulting with the retail industry, has undertaken an in-home survey (by telephone) and an in-centre survey at ten shopping centres. In this latter task, they were assisted by students enrolled in the planning course at the University of Canberra.

The ACT Retail Model has been used to assist in the assessment of development applications, in the preparation of the land release programs, in the planning of newly developing areas and ensuring the location of economic activity is consistent with the government's sustainability agenda, minimises costs and maximises benefits.

The model outputs assist in decisions about how to best accommodate changes that widen consumer choice and increase competition while not compromising equity, accessibility, amenity and environmental objectives.

It is anticipated that the new Retail Model will be operational in late 2010.

Taxation—payroll tax

(Question No 1016)

Mr Seselja asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

(1) Given that Mr Broughton stated in the Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011 hearing on 31 May 2010 that "if you are predicting a one per cent employment growth, as we are, you would expect a seven per cent increase in payroll tax collections", (a) why does payroll tax grow between six and seven per cent each year in the outyears while employment growth is estimated to increase at 1.75 per cent in the outyears and (b) how is this statement consistent with the numbers presented in Budget Paper No. 3 for 2010-2011.


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