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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1274 ..

Land - Lease of Block at Fisher

(Question No. 122)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the lease granted under section 161(1)(d) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 to Tokich Homes Pty Ltd for Fisher Section 16 Block 8 as listed in the schedule of leases granted for the period 1 October 1998 to 31 December 1998 -

1. What is the purpose for which the land will be used, including details of any development application lodged.

2. Why was the grant made to this particular lessee.

3. Were any other organisations given the opportunity of bidding for this block

4. What public consultation was undertaken in relation to the proposed development of this


5. How was the sale price determined

Mr Smyth

: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

1. The purpose for which the land is to be used is for residential purposes only provided that the building on the land shall contain not more than fourteen single unit private dwellings in total. A Development Application has not yet been lodged.

2. The land was sold by direct grant because Tokich Homes Pty Ltd trading as Eco-land met the criteria for the direct grant of land in accordance with Disallowable Instrument No.200 of 1997.

As required under the disallowable instrument the applicant (Eco-land) was required, amongst other matters, to demonstrate that its proposal would either benefit the economy of the Territory and generate employment or contribute to the environmental, social or cultural features of the Territory.

The final agreement provides for the proponent to undertake a range of public works associated with the revitalisation of the Fisher local centre.

3. As the land was sold by direct grant, no other organisation at this time was given the opportunity of bidding for the land.

4. Representatives of Eco-land, Planning and Land Management and the former Department of Business, Arts, Sport and Tourism, met with the local community to explain and discuss the proposal. Two public meetings were held with the Fisher shop owners and tenants and the Fisher community. The Weston Creek Community Council was invited but unable to attend either meeting. Overall there was local community support for the project.

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