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(d) The area is being investigated as a major urban renewal site. The site has the capacity to allow a wide range of housing close to employment and other activities, including the possibility of social housing.

(e) Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) principles applying to the Kingston Foreshore development are extensive and have been referred to very favourably by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The ESD principles include specific strategies, targets and initiatives across all of the key areas including energy, potable water, waste, wastewater, cultural heritage, stormwater, air quality, social development, economic development, noise, construction and construction materials, soils and transport.

The specific performance targets for energy include a reduction in energy demand in residential buildings of 50% compared to conventional residential buildings. The targets for water use include a 50% reduction in water consumption over conventional designs with the average water consumption of less than 275 litres per person per day.

The application of these targets and measures has seen The Gateway development achieve:

A reduction in CO2 emissions of only 4.179 tonnes per unit far below the sustainable development target of 51.75 tonnes per unit;

An average 4.5 star energy rating in excess of the 4 star ACTHERS requirement; and

A predicted reduction in potable water consumption to only 150 litres per day.

Estate wide initiatives include the newly completed eco-pond (artificial wetlands) which treats stormwater from both within the estate and the external areas. The system provides primary and secondary treatment for stormwater run off from a 128 hectare catchment within Kingston, Griffith and Red Hill. Approximately 150 mega litres of run-off per annum is treated. This improves the quality of run-off into Lake Burley Griffin and provides 90 mega litres of treated stormwater for the irrigation of public parklands with a corresponding reduction in potable water demand.

(2) (a) No

(b) No

(3) The City West Master Plan includes a commitment delivering a minimum of 5% of residential accommodation to be offered for low and medium income earners, and where possible will be managed by affordable housing providers.

(4) Under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 land may be sold by auction, tender, ballot or direct grant. Direct grants of land are generally made to organisations who meet set criteria as determined by Disallowable Instruments. The Act also allows for land to be sold at less than market value to not for profit community organisations.

(5) All applications for direct grant are assessed against the criteria set out in the relevant Disallowable Instrument. All direct grant applications are assessed by the Land Development Agency (LDA) and considered by the LDA Board and Government.

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