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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4738..


concerns for the safety of volunteers standing at the gate and holding large buckets of money. The money would have to be regularly collected. So it would be a very inefficient way and would not contribute significantly in terms of revenue. The previous government obviously looked at this issue when it made its decision to impose a fee, back in the late 90s, and even at that time they set a fee that was I think $10. That was obviously not strongly supported, and I would like to take this opportunity to categorically rule out any fee on Floriade, the day-time event.

Planning—draft variation 306

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and concerns draft territory plan variation No 306. Minister, the proposals to change the residential and other codes through draft territory plan variation 306 have been through a series of complex processes over the past year or two. Part of the process when the code changes were proposed for territory plan variations 301 and 303 was the formation of an expert reference group which included the MBA, the HIA, the Planning Institute, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, community council representatives and the Conservation Council. Minister, will you release the final report and minutes of the meetings from this group to the public so that people can gain a better understanding of the intricacies of the proposals and the group's position on the proposed changes?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. It is normal when a variation is finally submitted to me by the planning authority for there to be a detailed consultation report which outlines all of the issues raised by stakeholders during the development of the draft variation prior to it being submitted to me. That draft variation would in the normal course of events then be submitted to the planning and environment committee in this place along with those associated documents including the consultation reports, and I expect that would be the same case in this instance.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you further considered putting the solar access provisions from DV306 into a separate, more streamlined process so that they are not held up by the complexity of the proposed changes?

MR CORBELL: It is not feasible to untie the solar access provisions from other elements of the planning document. This is a complex document where there is a close interrelationship in terms of the drafting of the document between the solar access provisions and the other provisions. I am advised, and I accept the advice, that it is extremely difficult and completely impracticable to separate the two.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how do the changes in DV306 relate to the plans for sustainable densification proposed in the draft planning strategy released this week?


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