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Uriarra Village

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 132—Public Environment Report—Uriarra Village—Blocks 5 and 78 Coree—

Public Environment Report, dated November 2004.

Consultation Report, dated November 2004.

Evaluation Report, dated December 2004.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, pursuant to section 132 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act, I am now tabling, for the information of members, the public environment report for Uriarra Village, together with my evaluation of the report as required by the land act.

Members will be aware that Uriarra Village was substantially destroyed by the bushfires of January 2003. Prior to the fire, there were 23 houses at Uriarra Village managed by ACT Housing. Only six survived, of which one is currently uninhabitable.

The proponent for this development is the shaping our territory implementation group in the Chief Minister’s Department. Members will be aware that the government has made a commitment to provide an opportunity for all former residents to return to Uriarra Village. The shaping our territory implementation group, or SOTIG, has developed an option that includes the expansion and redevelopment of the village.

This option enables the use of existing infrastructure and allows all previous residents the opportunity to return to their homes at no cost to the ACT community. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for the proponent to demonstrate the application of the government’s sustainability principles and develop a vibrant social mix of public and private housing, with innovative house design and new concepts for self-governance.

A preliminary assessment for the proposed rebuilding and expansion of Uriarra Village was prepared in June 2004 and was the subject of public consultation. The trigger for the preparation of the PA was the proposal to vary the territory plan’s land use policy from plantation forestry to rural. This change to the land use policy is a prerequisite for enabling the development to proceed.

My delegate considered the content of the preliminary assessment and the comments received. On 26 July this year, my delegate determined that further assessment of the proposal’s environmental impact was required. In accordance with section 123 (1) of the land act, the proponent was directed to undertake further assessment in the form of a public environment report, or PER. On 6 August this year, my delegate provided

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