Page 1238 - Week 04 - Thursday, 17 March 2005

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Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Aboriginal parents were involved during the planning stages of the program through the completion of surveys and during the course of the program, through ongoing communication with Indigenous Home-School Liaison Officers. Representatives from the Narrabundah Aboriginal Student Support and Parental Awareness Committee participated in the program’s steering committee.

In November 2004 the Ngunnawal Elders Council endorsed the extended program and agreed to participate by allowing the students to record their oral history.

Development—City West
(Question No 93)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) Have plans been formulated in cooperation with the Australian National University to begin construction of the multi-stage student accommodation complex as part of the ACT Government’s redevelopment of City West;

(2) What arrangements are in place to prevent land banking;

(3) Will this facility be open to applications from all tertiary students attending any tertiary institution in the ACT.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Australian National University (ANU) has let a tender for the provision of approximately 264 residential units (consisting of a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 5 beds) for student accommodation. The ACT Government is not a partner in this proposal. However, it has cooperated with the ANU in regard to agreeing a site in City West for the development, and in providing planning and urban design advice to the proponent with the view of ensuring the proposal meets the objectives of the City West Master Plan. The proponent forwarded a pre-lodgement submission of the development application to the ACT Planning and Land Authority on 9 February 2005.

(2) The ACT Government and the ANU have entered into a Deed of Agreement for the development of the City West Precinct. The issue of land banking by the ANU is addressed in this Deed. Rather than issue a holding lease over the entire Precinct for the duration of the agreement, as was originally proposed by the ANU, leases will only be granted for individual developments within the Precinct as they are proposed. In addition, the Deed requires the ANU to prepare a Precinct Implementation Plan, to identify the sequence and timing of development to be completed over the next ten years (the Deed sets out the terms and conditions by which land in City West will be valued and offered to the ANU for development) and allows the Territory to excise particular sites from the Precinct. The Deed also sets out that management of the Precinct is to be through a Precinct Committee with equal representation by the Territory and the ANU, and chaired by a mutually agreed person.

(3) This is an ANU facility and the ACT Government does not have jurisdiction over which students the ANU may choose to accept.

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