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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 4..

Planning and Development Act—variation to the territory plan No 182—

petition No 4-13

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 26 November 2013 to Mr Simon Corbell MLA, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development regarding petition No. 4-13 received by the Assembly about the land use status of Block 1329 Canberra Central. As Minister Corbell is currently on leave, I will be responding on his behalf.

I can confirm that part Block 1329 Canberra Central (Paddock 5) is included in draft variation to the Territory Plan number 297 (DV297) following a request from the Conservator of Flora and Fauna in 2008. DV297 intends to vary Paddock 5 from special purpose reserve to nature reserve.

The ACT is not opposed to rezoning the block to nature reserve, but wishes to ensure that any potential offset capability is recognised for the purpose of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Environmental Offsets Policy.

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate anticipates commencing public consultation for DV297 in the second half of 2014 once assurance is received from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment that the site could be counted as an offset.

I trust that this information is of assistance.

Weston Creek—petrol stations—petition No 5-13

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 26 November 2013 advising of the lodgement of a petition for an additional service station in the Weston Creek area.

The Government is undertaking a master plan for the Weston Group Centre and as part of that process, has consulted extensively with residents and stakeholders on the issues for the centre and the wider district. The issue of a single service station for the district has been raised through that process and is one that is being considered as part of the master planning that is underway.

Achieving the best outcomes for residents and the successful operation of an additional service station site needs careful consideration and there are a number of sites in the area that could be suitable for such a development. Some of the matters that require examination include: individual site constraints; site servicing and access; traffic flow and potential traffic impacts; commercial feasibility; convenience for local residents; and market appetite and timing of release of a site.

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate which has responsibility for delivery of the master plan is working with the Economic Development Directorate on this issue and a number of sites have been identified

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