Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 November 2011) . . Page.. 5392 ..
arrangements, detailed design and development guidelines because of its nature as a brownfields redevelopment area. Given that and given the very clear objectives that this place and the government and previous governments have put in place in terms of how that area will develop, I do not believe, given some of the current circumstances at Kingston, that it is appropriate that there be the use of third-party appeals to try and frustrate the development intentions of development proponents.
Note that it is similar to the removal of third-party appeals in Civic and the town centres, where we have seen development rivals using the third-party appeals process to frustrate the actions of their competitors. I do not believe that is an appropriate use of the third-party appeals process. Regrettably, we have seen some of that activity in the Kingston Foreshore, and that is why the government has taken the action it has.
MS HUNTER: Supplementary.
MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Ms Hunter.
MS HUNTER: Minister, in the case of the Gungahlin variation, did you consider whether the variation could have been referred to the planning committee at an earlier stage, given that it has not had any cross-party deliberations?
MR CORBELL: I took all those issues into account but, as I said before, I think that what the community was keen to see here was resolution of the planning arrangements in relation to Gungahlin. I note that self-confessed Greens member and spokesperson of the Gungahlin Community Council, Mr Kerlin, has come out and welcomed the fact that this step has now been taken, because it provides certainty and allows the community, the government and private leaseholders in the area to get on with creating the improvements that the Gungahlin community is looking for in the town centre.
MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.
MS BRESNAN: Minister, will draft variation 306 on planning codes still be referred to the planning committee and, if so, when?
MR CORBELL: I am not going to pre-empt my decisions in relation to the referral of draft variations. I would simply draw to Ms Bresnan’s attention again my previous answer, which is that I do see real value in the standing committee undertaking inquiries into draft variations, particularly draft variations which are complex, draft variations where there is a wide diversity of community views and where there is a need for further airing and exploration of those views. I will leave members to make their own judgements about whether draft variation 306 falls into that category.
Children and young people—care and protection
MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, section 526 of the Children and Young People Act enables you to approve a place