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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2058..


A report prepared in 2010 for the planning agency by Macroplan Australia, identified a national supermarket benchmark of 0.35m� per capita with the benchmark increasing by 0.5 per cent a year. The increase in the benchmark reflects the trend to increasing retail expenditure per capita.

The assessment of supermarket space supportable in an area considers the likely supermarket expenditure, the sales turnover per square metre of floorspace necessary to support supermarket space, the existing level of supermarket space and the potential impact on other centres.

The level of retail expenditure is influenced by the size and characteristics of the catchment population and the levels of work based and visitor expenditure. Given these variables, some variation in the provision of retail floorspace between areas could be expected.

(3) No.

(4) No.

Planning—strategy (Question No 2200)

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) When does the Government plan to release the final version of the ACT Planning Strategy.

(2) Will the Territory Plan's Statement of Strategic Directions be updated to ensure consistency with the new ACT Planning Strategy.

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

(1) The final version of the ACT Planning Strategy will be released after consideration by the Government.

(2) When the Strategy is completed and adopted, the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will consider if a review the Territory Plan's Statement of Strategic Directions, is required.

Planning—social impact assessment (Question No 2203)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 29 March 2012:

(1) Why is it that the proponent of an application for deconcessionalisation commissions the social impact assessment, rather than the Government commissioning an independent assessor, and then passing on the costs to the proponent.


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