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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: Variation 297 to the territory plan proposes to make changes to public land overlay and zone provisions in the territory plan as follows. It adds Hackett horse holding paddocks 5 and 6 and surrounds to the adjacent existing nature reserve. It incorporates two offset areas—part block 783 Gungahlin, Gungaderra north, and block 1 section 221 Gungahlin, Mulanggari west—into the existing Gungaderra and Mulanggari nature reserves respectively in order to offset impact from the proposed development on block 799 Gungahlin. It incorporates one offset area—part block 2110 Jerrabomberra—into the existing Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve to offset the impact from the expansion of Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre. And it removes the public land overlay of urban open space from part of Yarralumla Nursery—part block 3 section 123 Yarralumla.

Draft variation 297 was released for public comment during July and August this year and attracted six public submissions. The main issues related to the inclusion of sites additional to this variation, disagreement to the offset method used for the sites at Gungahlin and Jerrabomberra, and the removal of the urban open space overlay at Yarralumla Nursery. A report on consultation was prepared by the Planning and Land Authority responding to the issues raised in the submissions.

Under section 73 of the Planning and Development Act, I have chosen to exercise my discretion and not refer the draft variation to the planning and environment committee as I believe the issues raised during public consultation have been adequately addressed.

Both offset sites at Gungahlin and Jerrabomberra have conditional approval from the commonwealth under the EPBC Act 1999. These conditions provide a framework for the implementation of ecological management strategies, procedures and controls for the offset site areas and ensure that these areas are managed in perpetuity.

In relation to public comments regarding Yarralumla Nursery, a change was made to the draft variation to retain the urban open space overlay for the non-commercial part of Yarralumla Nursery, the English garden.

Children and Young People Official Visitor—2013-14 annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Official Visitor Act, pursuant to section 17—Official Visitor for Children and Young People—Annual Report 2013-14.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

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