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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2097 ..


Ms Vassarotti: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The existing Monterey Pine trees along Bradfield Street, Downer, are to be removed and replaced by the proponent as part of The Bradfield development; including those adjacent to Townhouses 17 to 25.

The existing Monterey Pine trees are registered on the ACT Heritage Register, and were originally planted in the early 1940s as a windbreak to protect the former Council for Science and Industry Research, Dickson Experiment Farm. As the trees and their windbreak formation are of heritage significance, the Heritage Act 2004 (the Heritage Act) requires their conservation, and replacement Pine trees will be planted in a windbreak formation as part of the approved development.

(2) Deciduous trees are not being planted along Bradfield Street, Downer, in accordance with Heritage Act requirements and a decision of the ACT Heritage Council (the Council).

In relation to The Bradfield development, the choice of replacement tree species was carefully considered by the Council, with particular input from its landscape expert, and in the context of their legal requirement to maintain the heritage significance of registered places. As a result, the Council decided that conservation of the form and character of historic windbreak required replacement plantings to be Pine trees; and this formed part of their decision to approve the Statement of Heritage Effect (SHE) application for the development on 1 August 2017.

(3) Canary Island Pines will be planted along Bradfield Street, Downer, in accordance with Heritage Act requirements and a decision of the Council.

As Monterey Pine trees are now a declared pest species in the ACT, the Council decided that Canary Island Pine trees are a suitable replacement species, due to its strong similarity in growth, form, and appearance to the Monterey Pine. This outcome formed part of their decision to approve the SHE application for the development on 1 August 2017.

(4) I am advised that the adjacent development application (DA) was supported by a pre-DA community consultation summary stating various meetings in 2016 including community meetings and a meeting with the Community Council.

The subsequent DA was publicly notified for three weeks which included reference to the impacted trees. Representations received were considered by the planning and land authority prior to making a decision. A further amendment to the development approval, that had no effect on the heritage listed trees, was again publicly notified and representations received by the planning and land authority were considered prior to making a decision.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—drone activity(Question No 239)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 14 May 2021:

(1) Have there been any recorded incidents of drone activity at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC); if so, how many.


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