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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 26 August 2010) . . Page.. 4151 ..

The 2002 Oaks Estate Planning Study is available from the ACT Heritage Unit by request however it is important to note that the study is an independent report and has not been endorsed by the ACT Heritage Council (the Council).

The nomination for Oaks Estate has not been afforded a high priority for assessment by the ACT Heritage Council at this stage.

The Department of Housing and Community Services (DHCS) is in the process of commissioning a consultant to undertake further assessment of the heritage values of various properties they manage in Oaks Estate. This report will be forwarded to the Heritage Council to assist them in their assessment of Oaks Estate.

(2) Previous heritage studies of Oaks Estate provide a foundation for future infrastructure assessments of the site, informing the ACT Government’s scope of activities on the estate. In the 2010-11 budget, the ACT Government committed $100,000 towards landscape upgrade works at Oaks Estate. Officers from TAMS are liaising with Oaks Estates residents to identify specific areas for the upgrades. In addition, $165,000 has been allocated to upgrade Robertson, Hazel Street.

In addition, Land and Property Services and ACTPLA are undertaking an infrastructure capacity study for Oaks Estate. This study will examine the existing infrastructure in the area and determine what level of development can be accommodated before upgrades are undertaken. This study is to be completed in the 2001-11 financial year and will inform the development of a future master plan for Oaks Estate.

Cats—containment(Question No 1012)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

(1) What stage is the current review of the cat containment policy at.

(2) When will a policy regarding the declaration of areas adjacent to high conservation value land as cat containment areas be finalised.

(3) Is the Department of Territory and Municipal Services seeking expert ecological advice as to the evidence of the benefits of cat containment policies.

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

(1) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) is developing further advice for government.

(2) The Government will evaluate the advice provided in a proposed Cat Containment Policy to be completed by TAMS .The current regime in relation to new developments in areas of high conservation value is to evaluate the option of declaring a cat containment area on a case by case basis. For example consideration is currently being given to the declaration of the area know as North Watson, adjacent to the Majura Nature Reserve.

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