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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4432 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

that the club will be required to pay out the concessional element of their lease and pay the change-of-use charge associated with any lease purpose change.

I should also stress to members that the existing lease is still in effect so, if an existing club wants to purchase the Hungarian-Australian Club's lease, there is no impediment under the current lease. This still remains a possibility, albeit remote, even after the variation to the Territory Plan is finalised. However, I would need to closely consider the details of any proposal because the transfer would require ministerial approval.

I strongly believe that the government's response to the issues surrounding this site is the best outcome in the circumstances. I have now tabled variation 174 to the Territory Plan, concerning blocks 2, 3, 14, and 15, section 124, at Narrabundah, part of which is occupied by the Hungarian-Australian Club. I have also tabled the government's response to report No 4 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment.


Mr Wood presented the following papers:

Petitions-Out of order

Petitions which do not conform with the standing orders-

Posh Pots retail outlet-Mitchell-Mrs Dunne (2523 citizens).

Retail trade of fireworks in the ACT-Ms Tucker (9935 citizens).

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements, unless otherwise stated)

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Criteria For The Direct Grant of Crown Leases 2002 (No 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2002-218 (LR, 12 December 2002).

Water regulations

Statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: On very recent advice, I have signed into law new water regulations that will apply to trigger new stage 1 restrictions coming into force. Whereas the trigger for stage 1-the water restrictions-were set at 55 per cent, the scheme has been adapted for a trigger point to be at any point between 571/2 per cent and 521/2 per cent of total water storage capacity. In other words, 55 per cent, plus or minus 21/2 per cent.

We have amended the scheme because the government was concerned that, if we left the trigger at 55 per cent, given the recent rainfall-which has not filled the dams but has dampened consumption-we might get to the point of reaching stage 1 very close to Christmas Day or over the Christmas break. Communication to the public would therefore be difficult, and people might make reticulation arrangements before going on leave and before restrictions are in place.

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