Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 September 2019) . . Page.. 3409 ..
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The following responses to petitions have been lodged:
By Mr Barr, Chief Minister, dated 28 August 2019, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 4 June 2019 concerning urban development at Parkwood, New South Wales.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 5 June 2019 regarding petition number 16-19 lodged by Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA about urban development at Parkwood NSW on behalf of 664 residents of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Parkwood Planning Proposal to rezone the NSW portion of the Ginninderry development for urban settlement and environmental conservation is currently being considered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The ACT Government supports the proposal to rezone land at Parkwood for urban settlement, recognising this as an essential step to progress the Ginninderry development.
Notwithstanding the outcomes of the NSW planning decision, the ACT Government has been working with NSW to progress planning of the delivery of services to Parkwood. This includes two Cross-Border Forums in the past two years, which have brought together ACT and NSW representatives to discuss the best approach to cross-border service delivery. The forums have led to detailed services and infrastructure planning, with work continuing between jurisdictions to determine appropriate methods of delivering services for the future community of Ginninderry.
Movement of the ACT-NSW border in West Belconnen remains a priority for the Government and is specifically referenced under section 5.4 of the current ACT Labor Party and ACT Greens Parliamentary Agreement for the 9th Legislative Assembly. Movement of the border would result in the entire Ginninderry development, including the Parkwood area in NSW, coming under the ACT’s service delivery jurisdiction. This would be the simplest solution to eliminate many of the cross-border complexities regarding service delivery.
With respect to concerns regarding the environmental impacts of the Parkwood development, the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy