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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5943..


appropriation, for the Planning and Land Authority to undertake any further master planning work in this financial year. Any additional master plans will require a budget and will require a time line. If we want to do them properly, then we need at least 12 to 18 months.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, is there another level of local planning which could be used for resolving localised planning conflicts, and is there a type of process which is more cost effective than a full master planning process?

MR BARR: It may well be possible, in fact, to look at the technical variation process within the Planning and Development Act.

Mr Hanson: Why do you queue-jump for Hawker but not for Weston, Andrew?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: I know Ms Le Couteur, in a series of amendments to a motion previously, has asked the government to consider those options, because a full-blown territory plan variation process does take time. It takes, often, 12 to 18 months, and that process for fairly straightforward amendments to the territory plan would appear to be overly cumbersome, requiring a level of engagement on relatively straightforward planning matters that may not be necessary. We are certainly happy to look at that.

The Assembly will have to make a determination in relation to what level of latitude it wants to give in the space that is available between technical amendments that are allowed under the current Planning and Development Act and a full-blown territory plan variation process, which members are aware is quite a detailed process and an ongoing process in terms of reforms to the territory plan.

In my view, there is space between those two to find a mechanism to address some of those shorter term issues. But, again, I think it is important to recognise that there are many, many issues in common and there are many issues that we must tackle as a territory-wide policy solution rather than seeking to have ad hoc decision-making processes by way of motions by private members.

Mr Hanson: So ad hoc for Weston Creek but not ad hoc for Hawker?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are warned for interjecting. I have asked you a number of times not to interject.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, in the last month have any management staff at Bimberi either given notice of their resignation or been transferred out of their positions at Bimberi? If yes, what positions did they hold and when did you first become aware of the resignations or transfers?


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