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Construction and, finally, that the authority requires noise abatement conditions to be applied, including the submission of a noise management plan covering the construction and ongoing operational aspects of the development. These recommendations are all design related issues and will be addressed as part of the future development application consideration for the site.

The last recommendation included obtaining advice pertaining to restrictions on roof plant and minor building elements, the number of storeys and the height of the buildings fronting the internal road. The final variation document has been revised to permit buildings fronting Sydney Avenue to extend to a height of AHD 599, excluding rooftop plant and lift overruns. I commend the variation to the Assembly.

Territory plan—variation No 165

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following approval of variation to the territory plan:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 165 to the Territory Plan—Open space network project, dated 23 March 2006, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, the Labor government made a commitment to identify and protect Canberra’s open space network. The ACT Planning and Land Authority undertook this work through the open space network project. The 2001 election commitment was to create a new open space network and was outlined in “Planning for people: Labor’s planning and land management policy for Canberra”. The policy states:

Labor will establish an integrated Canberra open space network for our city ... A Stanhope government will identify and classify Canberra’s open space network in consultation with the community and the National Capital Authority. Labor wants to stop these areas of land from ever becoming the targets of the Liberals’ revenue-driven urban infill plans. These areas are not a land bank. They are areas of public land to be used and enjoyed by the community.

Canberra’s open space network has helped give the city its image as the garden city capital of Australia and is an important element of the city structure. The formal open space network is generally unleased territory land identified by the territory plan as urban open space. It includes a planned network consisting of pedestrian ways, sports grounds, parks and some other landscaped spaces. The network also provides opportunities for active and passive recreation, enables the protection of natural and cultural features, maintains and enhances amenity and can also perform a stormwater drainage and minor public utilities function.

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