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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6085..


Provisional registration is generally for a period of up to five months. The Council adopted the view that its obligation to make a decision continued, even where Provisional Registration had expired.

In this case provisional registration lapsed on 15 February 2011. Up to and beyond this time the Heritage Council had been in discussions with the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn - the property owner- in relation to its concerns regarding the provisional registration and was awaiting further information supporting the Archdiocese' position. The Archdiocese requested additional time to collate this information and this was agreed to by the Council. The information was provided after the five month period ended. As a result, the Council's decision on final registration was made after the expiration of the provisional registration.

The Council now intends on making all decisions on whether to register a place or object, within five months of their provisional registration, so as to avoid being in the position it was in, when it registered the St Patrick's church in July 2011.

Planning—Jacka (Question No 1928)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 17 November 2011 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) In relation to planning processes for Gungahlin, at what stage is the planning for the new suburb of Jacka.

(2) What is the process for ensuring that appropriate environmental studies have been undertaken in the Jacka area prior to undertaking engineering studies, noting that there is an open tender on the Procurement ACT website for "Engineering consultancy for the construction services including superintendency for civil engineering and landscape works for Jacka 1 Residential Estate comprising of 116 blocks".

(3) What cultural and natural heritage studies have been done in the Jacka area and are these studies publicly available; if so, can the Minister provide copies of these studies.

(4) Has Jacka been referred to the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Strategic Environmental Assessment process; if not, what is the planned process and timing for this.

(5) What other studies have been undertaken, or are being currently undertaken, for the remaining future urban areas in Gungahlin.

(6) Is the Government preparing any other referrals to the Federal EPBC process for the Gungahlin area.

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

(1) Jacka has been listed in the ACT Government's Indicative Land Release Program since 2008 for possible release in 2011-12. Please refer to Attachment A for the portion of land in Jacka identified for release.


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