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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 March 2018) . . Page.. 693 ..


I understand that the petition draws to the attention of the Assembly the following:

lack of Heritage protection for Lake Burley Griffin and all its surrounding lakeshore landscapes;

repudiate as unacceptable the infill of part of West Basin’s lake waters and the appropriation for private development of ACT public parks and open spaces surrounding Lake Burley Griffin, particularly West Basin, for either residential or commercial development; and

rejects the Government’s right to proceed any further with these and related proposals.

Heritage protection of the Lake area relates to matters that are the subject of nominations to the National or Commonwealth Heritage Lists and are in the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth and the Australian Heritage Council. As such, the National Capital Authority (NCA) developed the Lake Burley Griffin and Adjacent Lands Heritage Management Plan in 2009, in accordance with the heritage management principles and requirements for management plans set out in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to define the Lake’s heritage values and how to protect them. During the process of developing the plan a draft was available for two months for the public to make comment.

The plan includes a range of conservation policies and recommendations to conserve, interpret and manage the heritage values of Lake Burley Griffin and Adjacent Lands to ensure that the future use and enhancement of the Lake is informed by the heritage values, by promoting a holistic approach to the future management of the Lake as a cultural landscape. The developments to the area were informed by the plan and approved by the NCA.

A copy of the plan can be found at: https://www.nca.gov.au/heritage-management-plan/lake-burley-griffin-and-adjacent-lands-heritage-management-plan-0.

Canberra is a growing modern, vibrant city. It has changed significantly in its first 100 years, and particularly over the past 10 years. As it has grown it has kept true to the vision the original designers, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, while reflecting the evolving nature of a modern city and the people who call it home. This vision, and their planning legacy, is enshrined in the National Capital Plan (NCP) which is administered by the National Capital Authority, a Commonwealth authority. The plan sets out the development controls and requirements for defined areas, including West Basin.

At the centre of that original vision was Lake Burley Griffin. The lake is an important and iconic part of Canberra and its character. Its 40km waterfront with many and varied parks and public areas make it one of the key features that make Canberra such a beautiful city and wonderful place to live and visit.

The Griffins’ original plan intended the city’s grid structure and form would continue down to the lake in West Basin, ultimately connecting the city centre and lake. To achieve this vision, the planning for West Basin involves the


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