Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1237 ..
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, section 216A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 specifies that a statement be tabled in the Legislative Assembly outlining details of leases granted by direct grant, leases granted to community organisations, leases granted for less than market value, and leases granted over public land. The schedule I now table covers leases granted for the period 1 January this year to 31 March this year. I am also tabling two other schedules relating to variations approved and change of use charges for the same period.
Mr Speaker, I also table for the benefit of members a copy of the lease granted under disallowable instrument No 228 of 1997 to the Salvation Army (New South Wales) Property Trust for block 3 section 30 Fyshwick for the purpose of extending facilities for their family store operations. Given the increasing demand on its services, the Salvation Army sought land to expand its warehouse and sorting facilities for the family shop located on block 3 section 30 Fyshwick. This required the enlargement of its existing site with the addition of the adjoining block 17 section 30 Fyshwick. Other adjoining leases were consulted with none objecting to the proposal.
Consolidation of block 17 and block 3 into one lease is required, as block 17 does not have direct access to a road or road-related area as required by legislation. Consolidation of these blocks will ensure that its legislative requirement is met. The consolidated parcel is now known as block 22 section 30 Fyshwick.
A prerequisite for the consolidation is that the two leases must be of a similar nature. The lease for block 3 allows the transfer of the land to a similar organisation, subject to ministerial consent. To be consistent with this, the lease for block 17 was assessed against the criteria specified in disallowable instrument No 228 of 1997. The commercial nature of the family store operations meets the criterion and is consistent with the industrial land use policy for section 30 Fyshwick. The Australian Valuation Office determined the value of the lease to be $1,000, and the Salvation Army was required to pay this amount.
The operations of the family store generate essential funding for the charitable works of the Salvation Army, and I recognise the need for the expansion of the existing facility. The direct grant of land to the Salvation Army is well justified.
MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for the Arts): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:
Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 25A-
Quarterly departmental performance reports for the March Quarter 2001-02 for the following departments or agencies:
Economic Development, Business, Tourism and Sport.
Education, Youth and Family Services.
Justice and Community Safety.
Work Safety and Labour Regulation.