Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 1784 ..
MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (10.46): I ask for leave to present the Gungahlin Development Authority Bill 1996.
MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I present the Gungahlin Development Authority Bill 1996 and its explanatory memorandum.
Title read by Clerk.
MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I move:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
Mr Speaker, this Bill establishes the Gungahlin Development Authority and provides for its powers, functions and obligations. The establishment of the authority was foreshadowed during a process to vary the Territory Plan for the Gungahlin Town Centre and Gungahlin central area. The Territory Plan envisages that the Gungahlin Town Centre:
... will provide a focal point for the main employment, community facilities and services, higher density residential and commercial and retail development within Gungahlin and may be developed wholly or partly in a mixed use and integrated manner in the form of an urban village.
The implementation of the principles and policies of the Territory Plan variation for the Gungahlin Town Centre will mean a totally new concept of town centre development in Canberra and in Australia. The Government considers that the key to successfully implementing this complex and innovative concept is the establishment of the Gungahlin Development Authority.
The Gungahlin Development Authority Bill establishes the authority as a body corporate with its own common seal. It will be able to sue and be sued in its corporate name. The principal object of the authority is to ensure that the Gungahlin central area is developed in accordance with the principles and policies for that area set out in the Territory Plan in order to provide for the social and economic needs of the community.