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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2057..


Two incidents remain active with compensation requirements still to be determined. No compensation was paid for the other four incidents.

(6) The ACT Government has regular maintenance and safety upgrade programs in place to ensure play equipment is fit-for-purpose, providing safe yet challenging and fun public play facilities.

If these maintenance and safety upgrade programs were not in place, then the ACT Government could potentially be liable for incidents directly caused by the non-compliance.

Planning—supermarkets (Question No 2199)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 29 March 2012 (redirected to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) In relation to calculations for retail floor space per capita, what is the most recent estimate of (a) retail and (b) supermarket gross floor area per capita in Canberra and how does this compare to other capital cities in Australia.

(2) In relation to information received from the Minister that assessing demand for new supermarket floor space is based on established formula used by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate of 0.4m2 per capita, what is the basis for this formula and why is this set much higher than all other capital cities across Australia.

(3) Given that recommendation 13 of the Supermarket Competition Policy Review (2009) stated that for existing local centres facing sustainability pressures, solutions should be based on conversion to intense, multi-storey residential usage combined with a proportionately scaled commercial and convenience usage, have any local centres been identified for more intense development with a view to maintaining the viability of the local shopping centre.

(4) Are any other local centres currently under assessment regarding such potential for development; if so, which centres.

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

(1) In 2011 the per capita retail provision in the ACT was estimated at 2.15m� (Gross Floor Area), including restaurant/cafe space as retail. The per capita provision of supermarket space was estimated to be 0.34 m�.

Information on comparative floorspace for other capitals is not readily available. In 2005, based on data from Ibecon, the per capita supermarket provision in Canberra was the second lowest in Australia at 0.27m� (Net Sales Area). Sydney had the lowest provision, 0.25m� per capita, and Perth the highest, 0.37m� per capita.

(2) The 0.4m� per capita is an indicative measure for long term planning. It is a general guide as to the Canberra wide level of floorspace supportable.


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