Page 1483 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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space and tree canopy cover, which will contribute to the increase in both permeable surfaces and tree canopy coverage across the city.

I listened to the concerns of the community and industry before making some amendments to the variation, which I explained in my tabling statement in the last sittings. We do not want to disadvantage people who have purchased house and land packages in good faith. Often these homes are pre-designed, and changes now could potentially mean costly redesign of houses. With homebuyers and industry alike facing some challenges regarding increased costs, we want to make sure that does not roll out to them.

The amendment will mean that the new blocks in greenfields areas will not be subject to variation 369 at this time. However, development and redevelopment in our established suburbs will need to comply with the requirements set out in the variation from 1 September this year. Commencement of the new Territory Plan in 2023 will mark the point at which this exemption finishes and all eligible blocks must comply with variation 369.

MS CLAY: Minister, when will we see the full package of reforms that will include new blocks in new estate development plans that are approved after 1 January 2020?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, at the completion of the Territory Plan in 2023, we will see that effect take place. We are also looking to expand requirements for living infrastructure in the Territory Plan, in the new one, so that our commercial zones can also be cooler and we can plan specifically for trees and green space when planning for new estates.

MR DAVIS: Minister, when can the community expect all of the legislative and reform work related to DV369 to be completed?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Davis for the question. As I said in the last two answers, it is a staged process. The variation takes effect on 1 September. There are some blocks, as explained, where it will not take effect until we have the new Territory Plan in 2023. There has been some discussion at community councils, I understand, about some confusion. To bring some clarity to that, I have asked the directorate to look at some technical amendments to ensure there is no confusion about which blocks are excluded from variation 369.

Economy—federal government

MR PETTERSSON: My question is for the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please provide a brief update on ACT jobs and the economy, and how the ACT government will work with the new federal Labor government to create more jobs in Canberra.

MR BARR: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. I am delighted to see that today’s national accounts figures show that the ACT economy again grew. Our state final demand increased by 1.7 per cent in the March quarter, principally driven by strong household consumption, which increased three per cent in the quarter. That is further

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