Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (26 February) . .
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.02): I move:
That this Assembly:
(a) the importance of the construction sector in Canberra;
(b) that the ACT Government's excessive fees, charges, taxes and regulations are crippling the building industry; and
(c) that much residential development activity has moved across the border to Queanbeyan and surrounds; and
(2) calls on the ACT Government to:
(a) repeal Territory Plan Variation 306 which puts unreasonable demands on solar aspect, unit complexes and estate plans;
(b) significantly reduce the lease variation charge which contradicts the Government's infill policy and serves as a disincentive for investment;
(c) put a hold on any further increases in levies for portable long service leave;
(d) significantly reduce commence and complete fees for commercial properties;
(e) abandon the Government's monopoly of land supply and commit to a land supply model which is accessible for builders of all business sizes;
(f) improve ACTPLA's performance by minimising their demands and improving decision times; and
(g) simplify the Territory Plan so that it is more easily comprehended by those in the building industry and residents.
The opposition supports the construction sector, wants the sector to strive and wants the government to remove the barriers and disincentives they have put in place which are stifling the sector and in turn stifling the ACT economy. The construction sector always has been and always will be a key part of the capital's economy. Of course,