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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 4238 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Assembly business, Order of the Day No 15, relating to the amendment of Disallowable Instrument DI2003-254, being called on forthwith.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Grant of a further rural lease

Disallowable instrument DI2003-254

Debate resumed from 23 October 2003, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That Disallowable Instrument DI2003-254, Land (Planning and Environment) Determination of Matters to be taken into Consideration-Grant of a Further Rural Lease-2003, be amended as follows:

(1) Schedule 1 Maximum Rural Lease Term Plan be amended: Blocks 181, 1125, 1171, 1187 Weston Creek and Blocks 181, 1491, 1492, 1493, 1495, 1587 and part 179 Belconnen be amended to 99 year leases.

(2) Schedule 2, page 1 be amended:

(a) After the words 'Belconnen-All excluding Blocks 50', add 181, 1491, 1492, 1493, 1495, 1587 and part 179.

(b) After the words 'Weston Creek-All', add the words 'excluding Blocks 181, 1125, 1171, 1187'.

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (5.13): I seek leave to speak again briefly on this matter.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I just want to briefly outline a range of issues that I know members have sought some clarification on subsequent to the debate in the last sitting of the Assembly. I would like to indicate that, if this instrument is allowed today-that is, if the disallowance is defeated-I will ensure that those rural lessees in Belconnen and Weston Creek who formerly have had access to 99-year leases and now only have access to 20-year leases will have adequate compensation, as provided for under the statutory framework, when the lease expires or the land is withdrawn.

Yesterday a meeting was held with the affected lessees and I have agreed to conditions which allow the surrender of their leases with full compensation rights as determined in the lease and provisions for payout as provided under section 174(3) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act.

I have also confirmed that the ACT Planning and Land Authority will give top priority to undertake the associated work with surrender of the leases as quickly as possible. I will ensure that the lessees are provided with regular updates on the progress of these matters. At this stage there has been no decision on the part of the lessees to surrender the leases.

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