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redevelopment of the Stromlo settlement will help the healing process for the residents affected and, in the view of the committee, careful consideration has been given to the outlying plan in DV244. It is recommended that the location of pathways and footpaths be given careful consideration, these pathways and footpaths should be suitable for the use of people of all ages and capacity and should provide optimum links with community facilities such as schools, local shopping centres and public transport. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 7

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.35): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 7—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 205—Deakin Block 11 Section 68 (Oasis Leisure Centre) proposed office use, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of the proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Minister referred a copy of the draft variation 205 to the committee for consideration and report on 20 September last year. As a result of the October election, consideration was held over for the standing committee of the Sixth Assembly. The committee considered DV205 at meetings in January, March and April of this year. Committee consultation included a site visit on 11 January this year with Mr Neil Savery, chief planning executive, and Mr Hamish Sinclair, manager of the territory plan coordination section. During the visit, Mr Savery and Mr Sinclair responded to the questions of the committee. The site visit was followed up with public hearings in relation to the proposed variation. Submissions were invited by way of advertisements in local papers and letters to stakeholders. Submissions received are listed in the report I tabled today.

The committee considered key issues raised in submissions to and in hearings with the committee including many concerns reflected in the Deakin local area plan. The committee’s consideration of DV205 related to the proposed office use of Deakin block 11, section 68, the Oasis Leisure Centre. The variation seeks to vary the written statement by adding a specific policy to the relevant block. This variation would enable the lessee to erect a building for office use to a height of three storeys. Currently the block is subject to entertainment, accommodation and leisure land use policy under the territory plan, which reflects the current siting of the Oasis Leisure Centre.

The block currently contains a swimming pool, indoor sports complex, gymnasium, child-care centre, pathology laboratory and medical suites. The swimming facility was originally government owned but was later sold to a private firm. It is currently in urgent need of substantial renovation as the infrastructure, which is more than 30 years old, is currently in poor condition. The variation includes provision for variance of the purpose

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