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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3678..

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report 33

MS DUNDAS (11.01): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report 33-Variation to the Territory Plan No 225 Section 129 and part Section 34 Narrabundah, dated 16 August 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be noted.

I am happy to present this report. It relates specifically to the section of Narrabundah currently leased by Animals Afloat. This variation is the result of a debate in the Assembly on 10 April 2002 in which this Assembly asked the Minister for Planning to explore initiation of the variation to the territory plan to allow this block of land, which is currently under a short-term grazing lease, to accommodate dwellings.

In the first instance I would like to thank the committee and the secretary very much for the speediness with which they considered this report. Recognising that there are only five and a half sitting days left and that there are statutory requirements in relation to variations to the territory plan, the committee thought it was important to deal with this issue as quickly as possible. We received the information from the acting minister's office very late last week, so I compliment members of the committee again for their ability to deal with this issue quickly.

Of course, it was an issue we were all familiar with, having been aware of the Assembly debate in 2002. The draft variation itself was self-explanatory. Work had been done to look at what would be the best planning use for the site. Submissions were received from a wide range of people in relation to the site and what could be achieved on that particular block of land.

One of the main issues raised in the submissions to the ACT Planning and Land Authority related to the ownership of the lease and how the land might be reissued. Whilst the committee is not in the position of endorsing individual business enterprises, we have concerns in relation to the issue of rural leases generally, the potential for such leases to be resumed at short notice and reissued as 99-year leases through a public

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