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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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MR BARR: I am not aware of any proposals for that development or any development on that site. However, there are, of course, adjacent leases that are held privately and there may be a need to coordinate the public realm associated with those adjacent leases.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what checks have you undertaken to ensure that the purchase and delegation were legitimate and have you sought advice from the Government Solicitor or another legal source?

MR BARR: These matters have been extensively canvassed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, have any government officials, including public servants, ministers and advisers, raised concerns with you or your office about this acquisition?

MR BARR: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, what is your responsibility as a minister to ensure that the governance arrangements in the LDA are appropriate?

MR BARR: That is outlined in legislation and codes of conduct.

Parks and conservation—Australian Alps

MS BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, can you please outline to the Assembly—and, indeed, as this is the last sitting, the last question of this Assembly, perhaps, to the friends of the Assembly who are listening—your recent announcement of the ACT taking carriage of responsibility for the Australian Alps.

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Burch for her question and her interest in this area. On 1 July this year, Parks and Conservation ACT, parks and cons, took carriage of the Australian Alps, a key tourism, environmental and economic opportunity to ensure the protection of some of the park's mountains and biodiversity areas.

The Australian Alps national parks protect the canopy of Australia and some of the most unique environments in the country. There is a cross-jurisdictional agreement between the ACT, New South Wales, Victoria and commonwealth governments and it protects a chain of 12 mountainous parks, from our own Namadgi national park in the north through Kosciuszko national park in New South Wales down to Baw Baw national park in Victoria.


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