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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5020 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

south-east and is undertaking studies to determine possible future reserves to the north of Bonner, Jacka, Taylor and Casey.

The majority of committee members recommended in the sixth recommendation that government must not use the committee process to blueprint land release policies for already-determined government decisions on suburban developments. Much of the land to be released was already covered by a residential land use policy in the Territory Plan. The North Gungahlin variation further refined the existing policies at a greater level of detail.

The committee's seventh recommendation was that the government incorporate the ACT lowland/woodland conservation strategy as part of its current variation process, and in further detailed planning in North Gungahlin and other developments in the ACT. After the draft variation was released Environment ACT completed a review of action plan 10-yellow box/red gum grassy woodland. This review takes account of significant areas of yellow box/red gum grassy woodland requiring further study at Gooroo in East Gungahlin and Kinlyside, both adjacent to the area subject to this variation. The outcomes of this study are part of the draft ACT lowland/woodland conservation strategy-Action Plan 27. The outcomes of this review were taken into consideration in finalising the North Gungahlin structure plan. The principles and policies contained in the variation are consistent with the draft lowland/woodland conservation strategy.

The committee's eighth recommendation was that the government proceed with the implementation of draft variation 130. The Planning Institute of Australia (ACT Division) recently presented an award to the North Gungahlin structure plan for excellence in environmental planning. This award is designed to encourage schemes or projects which promote the principles of environmental planning or conservation and show how the environment can be maintained to meet the present needs of the community without compromising future generations. In the words of the judges, the North Gungahlin structure plan demonstrates a high level of appropriate research and planning rigour with realistic and achievable outcomes. The plan includes a clear structure of planning principles that should lead to the creation of accessible, vibrant community spaces and living environments. I commend the variation to the Assembly.


Mr Wood presented the following papers:

Subordinate Legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64-

Architects Act-Architects (Fees) Revocation and Determination 2003 (No 2)-Disallowable Instrument DI2003-308 (LR, 24 November 2003).

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Land (Planning and Environment) Exemption 2003 (No 2)-Disallowable Instrument DI2003-309 (LR, 24 November 2003).

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