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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2398 ..

Lower-cost second-hand vehicles will open the opportunity to save on fuel bills to more members of our community. Government is further supporting the development of a second-hand zero-emissions vehicle market by extending the registration waiver scheme to these vehicles.

The transition to a zero-emissions transport system is a massive task. Uptake of zero-emissions vehicles will be a vital element to achieve our net zero-emissions target. In releasing its audit report, the ACT Audit Office stated:

ACT Government agencies have, for the most part, effectively implemented the zero emissions vehicle commitments …

We have achieved a lot; but, of course, there is always room for improvement, and we welcome the audit office’s recommendations on how we can continuously improve. We continue to demonstrate leadership to the rest of Australia and, indeed, the world. The learnings from our journey, even where we might have done better, mean that we are better prepared for the future.

I look forward to the next phase in our journey to decarbonise the transport sector and I am confident that the opportunities highlighted by the audit report will set us up for strong future vehicle-emissions reduction policy. I commend the government response to the ACT audit report on vehicle emissions reduction activities to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Development—block 1 section 58, Garran

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.23): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Exercise of call-in powers—Statement by Minister—Development application No 202138534—Block 1 Section 58 Garran, including Notice of Decision.

On 23 June 2021, in my capacity as Minister for Planning and Land Management and using my powers under section 158 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, I directed the planning and land authority to refer development application No 202138534 to me.

The development application sought approval for the construction of a new nine-storey critical health services building; closure and reconfiguration of Hospital Road; reconfiguration of the existing emergency drop-off; construction of at-grade car parking; bridge and tunnel connections to the existing hospital building; erection of signage; basement, loading dock—“satellite port”—and plant room; driveways; new helipad facilities on roof; and landscaping and associated works at block 1 section 58, Garran.

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