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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1638 ..

Development—multi-units(Question No 284)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 10 March 2005, (redirected to the Minister for Planning):

How many multi-unit developments have been approved since 1 July 2004;

How many individual units/apartments/townhouses are in those developments;

How many of these units were (a) public housing, (b) community housing or (c) another form of affordable housing.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

There have been 27 Development Applications (DA) for three or more units, approved in the period since 1 July 2004.

The approved DAs relate to 616 units/apartments/townhouses.

The Development Approval Register Tracking System (DARTS) used by the Authority is unable to split the types of units into individual categories such as public, community or affordable housing.

Bushfires—pine replanting(Question No 285)

Dr Foskey asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:

How much natural re-growth has actually been cleared by ACT Forests in order to allow for planting of pines in the Lower Cotter catchment;

Are the re-forestation strategies based around minimal soil disturbance;

What assessments have been made of the likely impact of pesticides and herbicides used on water quality and were they independently reviewed; if so, can these be made publicly available;

What studies were undertaken to assess the impact of re-planting with pines on water yields and will these be made available.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Following the January 2003 bushfires, 4,300 ha of plantation land in the Lower Cotter Catchment was burnt. Of this area, it is planned that about 3,500 ha will be returned to pines. Approximately 2,000 ha of land has already been cleared and/or planted as of March 2005. It is envisaged that there will be in excess of an additional 700 ha added to existing native buffer areas.

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