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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1920 ..

Territory Plan-Variation No 207

Paper and statement by minister


(Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Land Planning and Environment Act, pursuant to section 29-Variation No 207 to the Territory Plan-Oaks Estate, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


: Variation 207 to the Territory Plan concerns Oaks Estate. The variation proposes to vary the Territory Plan to introduce a residential area specific policy, A9, for those blocks included within the existing mixed use area. The area specific policy will apply to section 7 blocks 4, 5, 6, 9 through 14 and section 10 Oaks Estate and make provision for existing commercial and light industrial uses, as well as warehouse, parkland, restaurant and shop. At the same time the existing commercial D policy covering section 7 block 4 will be deleted.

It is also proposed to expand the urban open space policy to cover section 15 block 1 and incorporate section 5 block 4, part blocks 5 to 7, and section 7 blocks 1 to 3 to provide for a public park. In addition, land immediately adjacent to the Molonglo River and currently within the urban open space policy will be included within the river corridor policy as public land special purpose reserve. This change affects section 12 blocks 23, 24 and 25 and a narrow strip of land within section 15. The boundary of the river corridor policy will follow the current 100-year flood rule.

Six written submissions were received in response to the draft variation when it was released for public comment in October last year. Of these, three submissions expressed general support for the draft variation. The other submissions raised a number of issues of a land management nature in relation to urban open space and river corridors, and these have been referred to Canberra Urban Parks and Places for attention.

In addition, issues concerning land use categories, additional uses, building heights and block specific matters were also raised. These matters are all covered by the provisions of the Territory Plan.

The ACT Heritage Council is also currently undertaking an assessment of the heritage significance of Oaks Estate, covering the cultural landscape, rural character and associations with the early settlement of Queanbeyan and Canberra, and these are being examined along with specific built elements.

No revisions were made to the variations as a result of the consultation process. The Planning and Environment Committee considered the revised draft recommendation and, in its report No 18 of May 2003, made three recommendations; the first one being that the government proceed with the variation. Clearly this is agreed.

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