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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3601 ..


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

(1) Under Section 159 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 I may consider a development application if I consider it: to respond to a major policy issue; or have a substantial effect on achieving objectives of the Territory Plan; or provide a substantial public benefit.

I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I formed the view that the proposal will provide a substantial public benefit, particularly to the community of Giralang and surrounding suburbs with delivery of a long overdue local centre.

I considered that the people of Giralang have been denied this facility as a result of prolonged legal challenges that eventually escalated to the High Court.

I also had regard of the fact that my decision cannot be reviewed by a third party in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

I trust the use of my ability to consider, and approve this new development application will at last signal the end to a long and frustrating journey for the Giralang community.

(2) The development application received 41 written representations in total, including one late representation. Of the 41 written representations received, 17 objected to the proposal, 13 supported the proposal, and 11 provided qualified support.

a. One objection was received from a commercial operator.

b. One objection was received from a community group, and 15 were made by individual residents or owners of residential properties in Giralang.

Municipal services—flood maps (Question No 1595)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 3 August 2018 (redirected to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage):

(1) Can the Minister provide a copy of any maps prepared for 100 year floods and the year each map was updated for (a) Inner North Canberra, (b) Inner South Canberra, (c) Belconnen, (d) Gungahlin, (e) Tuggeranong, (f) Weston Creek, (g) Woden.

(2) How often are these flood maps reviewed.

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

The Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is currently developing maps that identify areas that potentially could be impacted (in terms of extent, depth and hazard) from riverine flooding in a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) flood event, previously known as the 1 in 100 year flood.

The maps will cover areas of Sullivan's Creek, Yarralumla Creek, Long Gully Creek, Weston Creek, Woolshed Creek, Tuggeranong Creek, and Ginninderra Creek systems.


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