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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2421 ..


the Healthy Canberra: Australian Capital Territory Chief Health Officer's Report 2018 to the Assembly.

Call-in powers—block 15 section 15, Griffith

Paper and statement by minister

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) (3.48): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Statement by Minister—Call-in powers—Development application No 201731693—Block 15 section 15 Griffith, dated 30 July 2018.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I wish to make a statement concerning my decision to approve a development application in December 2017 for the construction of a broadcasting and media facility at Manuka Oval and related works. I take the opportunity to remind members that the development application sought approval for the construction of a broadcasting and media facility at the southern end of Manuka Oval, landscaping, fencing, off-site works, removal of a regulated tree, and other associated works on block 15 section 15, Griffith.

I used my call-in powers in this instance because I considered the proposal would provide a substantial public benefit, particularly to enhance Manuka Oval but also to benefit the wider Canberra community. Before deciding on the application, I gave consideration to the relevant statutory and policy requirements; advice received from entities and agencies; and public representations. Following my decision to call this development application in and consider it myself, I granted the development approval on 11 December 2017.

The Planning and Development Act, specifically section 161(2), requires a statement to be tabled in the Assembly about such call-in decisions. The relevant statement must be presented within three sitting days of the decision on the development application. It is with regret that I inform members that on this occasion, due to an administrative oversight by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the required statement has not been made. The directorate brought this oversight to my attention last week and I now seek to correct it at the first available opportunity.

I have presented the required statement about my decision, and in doing so I recognise that the delay in presenting this statement, albeit an oversight, does not affect the validity of my decision. I also remind members that the result of my decision was widely reported in the media and has been publicly known for some time.


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