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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (16 April) . . Page.. 934 ..

Secondary College Teachers

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, on 26 March Ms Follett asked me a question relating to courses in colleges. I took it on notice. I have subsequently provided her with an answer in writing, and I now seek to have that answer incorporated in Hansard.

Answer incorporated at Appendix 1.

Leasehold Administration - Board of Inquiry Costs

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, on 12 February 1996 I wrote to Mr Wood, providing him with further information relating to an answer concerning question on notice No. 97. The question sought information on the costs of the Stein inquiry. I now seek leave to have this further information incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Document incorporated at Appendix 2.

Office Development - Turner

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, in the previous sitting week, Mr Moore asked me a question concerning the capacity to hold up or reverse a decision to grant approval for a development on Northbourne Avenue, at Northbourne House. I indicated in my answer at that stage that I believed that the decision, if any, that was made in respect of that particular property was reversible, and I think I said "if it was the wrong decision". Mr Speaker, the approval for the application, in fact, was carried out pursuant to section 241 of the Land Act, and it would appear that the only power that I have under the Land Act to revoke an approval given by one of my delegates is under section 253; that is, if the application was fraudulent or contrary to heritage legislation.

Mr Speaker, it does not appear that either of those circumstances is there in this particular case. I want to indicate to the Assembly, therefore, that it is probably not possible to reverse the approval given in that respect. However, I can indicate to the Assembly that there is yet to be a design and siting application made in respect of that particular block, which involves the assessment of matters such as amenity, building design, traffic and parking - and that, of course, is yet to be approved. I have indicated to the department - to the Planning Authority - that I would wish to take a personal interest in this matter rather than have it dealt with purely by way of my delegate's operation.

I have also undertaken to Mr Moore that the comments and concerns raised by the Turner Residents Association, to the extent that it is appropriate, will be picked up in that process. I am very happy indeed to meet with the Turner residents to consider whether there are any concerns that they have which may be properly taken into account during the design and siting application process.

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