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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1941 ..


Is the Government able to negotiate compensation rather than issuing a fine when trees have been illegally removed or damaged; if so, (a) under what legislation or regulation is this done, (b) does this compensation have to be in the form of replacement trees, or can other forms of compensation such as landscaping or shared path upgrades be considered and (c) is community consultation on the form of compensation permitted.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

There is no capacity under the Tree Protection Act 2005 or the Heritage Act 2004 to negotiate compensation rather than issuing a fine when trees are illegally removed or damaged. However, the requirement for a replacement tree or trees can be set as condition of approval.

Under the Public Unleased Land Act 2013 the Director-General can direct an entity to repair or replace public assets such as trees under Division 2.4 S21 (1) (ii).

Taxation—rates (Question No 1278)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 13 April 2018:

(1) What was the median Average Unimproved Value for each of the last three financial years in the ACT's urban districts for (a) non-unit-titled residential properties, (b) unit-titled residential properties and (c) all residential properties.

(2) What was the median rates charge for each of the last three financial years in the ACT's urban districts for (a) non-unit-titled residential properties, (b) unit-titled residential properties and (c) all residential properties.

(3) For each of the last three financial years, what was the (a) total value of residential rates concessions and (b) value of residential rates concessions as a percentage of total residential rates revenue.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Median residential AUVs for last three financial years in the ACT's urban districts

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 District non-unit-titled unit-titled all non-unit-titled unit-titled all non-unit-titled unit-titled all North Canberra $497,000 $92,452 $345,333 $515,333 $90,324 $330,050 $545,000 $91,020 $327,060 South Canberra $698,333 $135,036 $393,333 $709,000 $129,600 $382,333 $749,333 $127,101 $359,775 Woden $466,666 $136,746 $417,000 $471,666 $135,492 $417,000 $486,666 $135,762 $428,333 Weston $357,666 $141,532 $353,000 $363,333 $140,958 $359,000 $371,666 $140,750 $365,000 Belconnen $296,000 $118,551 $279,000 $301,000 $116,078 $281,666 $311,000 $116,748 $293,666 Tuggeranong $289,333 $122,370 $281,000 $296,333 $124,676 $287,666 $307,333 $125,805 $297,666 Gungahlin $250,333 $106,926 $234,000 $257,000 $97,680 $238,000 $266,666 $88,383 $248,000 Molonglo $357,000 - $357,000 $360,000 $37,400 $334,333 $376,333 $42,480 $284,666 All districts $316,333 $118,660 $283,333 $321,000 $115,116 $287,000 $330,666 $113,704 $295,000 Note: Non-unit titled properties include all houses and unit titled properties include units, apartments and townhouses.


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