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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: I would like to talk about this variation. It seeks to implement changes as a result of the ongoing monitoring of the territory plan. A number of matters were identified across different parts of the plan that require amendments to better meet the needs of government, industry and the community.

The changes involved amendments to the types of development permitted in certain zones, including admitting restaurants and takeaway food shops in the suburb of Baird, which is of course east Fyshwick, and a supermarket with a maximum gross floor area of 1,000 square metres in the Canberra Outlet Centre in Fyshwick.

Other changes related to improving the understanding and functionality of some company-provisions in the Lease Variation (General) Code and an amendment to the Estate Development Code for access to narrow blocks. Refinements were also made to the definition of "major service conduits" to clarify the applicability of the definition.

Draft variation 353 was released for public comment between 20 May 2016 and 4 July this year. The variation received seven submissions. A report on consultation was prepared responding to the issues raised in those submissions. The report is publicly available on the EPD website and will be tabled with the approved version of the variation.

A revision of the draft variation that was placed on public consultation was made. The revision was in response to ongoing discussions with the Environment Protection Authority regarding site audit requirements in Baird relating to contamination. The Environment Protection Authority has endorsed the inclusion of an additional provision in the Baird precinct code. This provision requires applications for a restaurant or takeaway food shop to be accompanied by a report with written endorsement from the Environment Protection Authority advising that the site has been assessed for suitability from a contamination perspective.

I am satisfied that the issues raised by the community have been adequately addressed and as such did not feel it necessary to refer the draft variation to the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment, Territory and Municipal Services. I believe that these changes made through variation 353 support opportunities for development that meet community needs in some areas and improve functionality and clarity of certain parts of the territory plan.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 25—government response

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (3.44): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 25—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 9 of 2015: Public Transport: The Frequent Network—Government response, dated August 2016.


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