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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1755 ..




Rural Lease - Pialligo

Mr Moore - asked the Minister for the Environment Land and Planning:

In relation to a rural lease recently granted for ten acres (4hectares) of Section 31, Pialligo -

(1) Why was the original block of 25 acres (10.1 hectares)subdivided into two (lx10 acres(4 hectares); 1 x 15 acres(6.1 hectares)).

(2) Does Government policy on rural leases advocate consolidation rather than subdividing in this area.

(3) Was the buyer required to submit a farm plan.

(4) Was this land advertised for public tender; if not, why not?

(5) Are the remaining 15 acres(6.1 hectares) of section 31 available for tender, if so (a) will they be made available through either open tender or restricted tender; and (b) who will be able to tender for them.

Mr Humphries - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) Existing on this area of land were two houses with separate tenancies. One had a lease over a small residential block of .06 hectares (Block 2 Section 7) and the second had an agreement over an area (Block 3 Section 7) comprising approximately 10.04 hectares in size. Both persons met the eligibility criteria as set out in the Rural Lease Policy for the grant of rural leases.

The lessee of Block 2 applied for additional land for a small scale sustainable farm using organic horticulture techniques. This application was processed as a controlled activity under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act (1991) and approved on 6 September 1995. The land area was increased from .06 hectares to approximately 3 hectares in the new lease. The lease has been executed and registered at the Registrar General's office. At the time of the subdivision the identifier was changed to Section 31.

The tenant on Block 3 subsequently applied for a lease over an area of land approximately half that of his original holding. A letter of offer was sent to the applicant on 22 April 1996 for a lease of 4.5 hectares leaving 2.6 hectares of Section 31 uncommitted.

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