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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (26 May) . . Page.. 593 ..

Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Northbourne Oval

MR RUGENDYKE (4.41): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to present a report of the Standing Committee on Urban Services.

Leave granted.

MR RUGENDYKE: I present Report No. 1 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 97: Braddon section 30 block 1 (Northbourne Oval) - B5: restricted access recreation land use policies", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

On 15 May 1998 the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Brendan Smyth, referred to this committee the draft variation and background papers relating to draft variation No. 97, Northbourne Oval, which is Braddon section 30 block 1. The draft variation proposes to amend the Territory Plan by adding an area specific policy overlay to the existing restricted access recreation policy for the site to permit only one licensed club premises within the whole site. It is also proposed to amend the public land recreation reserve overlay by excluding the licensed club site.

On 22 May 1998 the draft variation came before the committee. The chair, Mr Hird, declared an interest in the matter, withdrew from the meeting and took no part in the committee's deliberations on this report. Therefore I, as deputy chair, took over the meeting. A senior government official from the Planning and Land Management Group, PALM, of the Department of Urban Services attended the meeting and responded to questions.

The committee met again on 25 May - yesterday - and finalised the nature of this report. The committee advises the Assembly that it has reached an impasse in relation to endorsing the draft variation to the Territory Plan No. 97, that is Northbourne Oval, Braddon section 30 block 1. One member, that is myself, considers that the draft variation should be endorsed on the following basis: Firstly, a full round of public consultation was instituted by PALM and the five respondents did not raise major concerns. I am satisfied that due process has been followed. Secondly, the deed of settlement cannot be implemented without the variation in place. Thirdly, there are no significant planning impacts flowing from the proposed change in land use, which in essence will enable the club and oval to be held in separate ownership. Finally, many other examples of the proposed land use exist. For example, most, if not all, of the Territory's enclosed ovals are on public land and are classified as restricted access recreation, just as is proposed for Northbourne Oval.

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