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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2253 ..


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

(1) The ACT Government currently manages 106 peppercorn leases, the majority of which are managed by ACT Property Group. The particulars of each lease holder vary, however we do have a number that fall under section 418(2)(b) of the Planning and Development Act 2007 (PD Act) which provides that it is an offence for an information holder to divulge protected information about a person and is reckless about whether the information is protected information about someone else. A number of other leases are considered not to be commercial in confidence, however we would need to consult with each lease holder prior to release.

(2) On average the government enters into 5 year lease agreements. This term is consistent with the Leases (Commercial and retail) Act 2001 which these tenancies fall under.

(3) Support for community organisations by way of Government subsidies such as peppercorn rent is an important contribution to reducing costs for the Community Sector. Lowering the costs for community organisations enables Government to deliver more community services for the available investment, as the costs for community services are lower.

Negotiations for the purchase of properties by the former Land Development Agency in some instance included consideration for the existing owners to remain on site for several years for a nominal rent. A nominal rent was agreed on the basis of all costs for the upkeep and management of the property being borne by the lessee.

For Arts facilities managed on behalf of the ACT Government a peppercorn licence is used to achieve the outcomes of the ACT Arts Policy and the ACT Government's vision of a vibrant and liveable city. Commercial arrangements for arts facilities would make the tenancy economically unviable.

For Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) peppercorn rent was applied rather than a commercial rent because CIT is a foundation member of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) and is working with CBRIN to connect trades and maker professions into the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Canberra.

Crime—antisocial behaviour (Question No 1264)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 13 April 2018:

(1) How many arrests for anti-social behaviour were made in the West Belconnen area in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17 and (f) 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018.

(2) What was the nature of that anti-social behaviour for each year listed in part (1).

(3) How many infringement notices for anti-social behaviour were issued in the West Belconnen area in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17 and (f) 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018.


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