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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (4 August) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: As with every development we do across the territory, we look at all of the aspects of risk for the territory, be it bushfire risk or environmental risk, and judge those in accordance with community views as well. All of those will be taken into account. We are looking for stakeholders to engage with our expert coordinator and put forward their view so that we can understand which way the community would like to go.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Again I will ask the previous question: have previous development requests in that area been rejected because of bushfire risk? Further, are environmental considerations the only determinants for whether this suburb proposal goes ahead or will community views be considered?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am not aware of any previous applications for that area being rejected for bushfire risk, but I will take that on notice and do some research for Mr Wall. Indeed, community views are very important, and that is why we have gone out at the very earliest stage to gauge the community's response to any option for residential in the area.

Land—block 24, city

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister regarding LDA acquisitions. Chief Minister, your planning and development land acquisition policy framework direction states:

I direct the Land Development Agency to act in accordance with the principles of the Land Development Agency—Land Acquisition Policy Framework, attached as a Schedule to this Instrument, when exercising the Agency's functions under the Planning and Development Act 1997.

It goes on to say that the land acquisition policy framework clearly states:

All proposed acquisitions are to be assessed against the principles and associated tests provided in the Land Acquisition Policy Framework. All tests must be followed for an acquisition.

The policy also states for all acquisitions below $5 million:

... agreement by the LDA Board with advice to the Minister for Economic Development or the Minister responsible for administering Chapter 4 of the Planning and Development Act 1997.

My question is quite simple: did the LDA board give approval before the LDA acquired the land next to Glebe Park, block 24 section 65 in the city?

MR BARR: Yes. The board provided a delegation to the Chief Executive Officer of the Land Development Agency in relation to the city to the lake project. The various issues associated with that project have been discussed at board level over a number of years.


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