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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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contravention of these plans. The bill amends section 331(3) to provide that the conservator's direction must not be inconsistent with a listed plan.

The bill makes a technical amendment to the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 related to consultation notices for draft Territory Plan variations. When preparing a draft Territory Plan variation, the Planning and Land Authority must undertake public consultation, which commences with issuing a consultation notice.

Section 7 of the Planning and Development Regulation prescribes the lessees of sections adjoining the section that is the subject of the draft Territory Plan variation as being required to be provided with a consultation notice or, in the case of rural blocks, the lessee of the adjoining block. Section 7 does not currently require the lessees of adjoining non-rural blocks within the same section to be provided with a consultation notice.

The bill amends section 7 of the regulation so that lessees of all blocks within the same section as a draft Territory Plan variation are prescribed, and the Planning and Land Authority is required to issue them with a consultation notice. The existing requirements to notify the lessees of adjoining sections and rural blocks are retained.

The bill also replaces references to Community Housing Canberra Ltd in sections 130 and 142 of the Planning and Development Regulation with a generic reference to registered community housing providers to account for the fact that in the future there will be other community housing providers operating in the ACT.

In summary, this PABELAB makes a number of amendments that will clarify and streamline the ACT's planning and environment laws. As I have mentioned, the amendments in the PABELAB are wide ranging, from simple delegation powers of the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency to enhanced decision-making for the ACT Heritage Council, clarified consultation requirements for draft native species conservation plans, controlled native species management plans and Territory Plan variations, and a recognition that the ACT will soon have a greater diversity of community housing providers.

While the amendments are minor in nature, the changes they make are necessary and worth while as an improvement to the ACT's statute book. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.

Standing orders—suspension

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.52): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day, Assembly business, relating to the Government response to Report 3 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, entitled Inquiry into Appropriation Bill


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