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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1617 ..


Section 15 of the PABELAB proposes to add a prescribed person to the regulation. This amendment requires the planning and land authority to provide the consultation notice to each lessee of each block within the same section to be affected by the draft plan variation. Clauses 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the PABELAB replace specific references to Community Housing Canberra Ltd with a generic reference to registered community housing providers. This proactively ensures that the legislation refers to any community housing providers who become registered in the future. The government, of course, consulted with Community Housing Canberra Ltd in relation to these amendments.

Finally, I would like to address the proposed amendments to the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017. We all comprehensively understand the importance of delegations to ensure the efficient flow of work. Clause 6 of the PABELAB allows the City Renewal Authority and the Suburban Land Agency to delegate their functions to their respective CEOs. The amendments also provide that the CEOs may subdelegate those functions to authorised people.

Finally, the PABELAB makes an amendment to section 65 of the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act. The intent of section 65 is to ensure transparency in relation to ministerial targets for affordable, community and public housing. Clause 8 of the PABELAB maintains this intent but amends the current wording in the act in two ways: firstly, it clarifies that housing targets apply to the construction of new residential dwellings on unleased or government-owned land; secondly, it permits housing targets to be expressed as whole numbers rather than percentages. These amendments will allow the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency to act with greater efficiency and to go about their core business without confusion or uncertainty.

In summary, this PABELAB makes several amendments to clarify and streamline the ACT's planning and environment laws—specifically, the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act, the Heritage Act, the Nature Conservation Act and the Planning and Development Regulation. The amendments in the PABELAB are an important way to update and streamline the ACT's statute book and ACT government processes. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


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