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All water supplied to these blocks is metered through the adjacent block. There is no foregone revenue from these blocks.

(2) ACTEW considers its current practices sufficient to minimise the number of unmetered water consumers. As described above, prior to construction beginning on multi-residential, commercial and government sites a metered water connection is installed. A residential development will not receive plumbing certification until a water meter is installed.

Planning—Majura Lane environs
(Question No 1836)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) What are the current planning proposals for the future of Majura Lane and its environs;

(2) If there are no current planning proposals, is it intended to review the planning policies in relation to Majura Lane and its environs; if so, (a) when will the review take place, (b) what will be the scope of the review, (c) will there be community consultation and (d) when will any new policies be operational.

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

(1 & 2) ACTPLA is currently undertaking the Eastern Broadacre Planning Study. This study is investigating the potential of the eastern edge of the ACT for employment purposes, consistent with the 2004 Canberra Spatial Plan. The study includes the Majura area, although much of this area cannot be developed as it is taken up by the Department of Defence and the Australian Federal Police (total 3400ha).

a) The study commenced in October last year and is due to be completed in May this year.

b) The study scope includes:

an economic and market assessment (looking at existing supply and demand and new job opportunities);

a land capability assessment (looking at key ecological and other constraints in the area); and

key stakeholder consultation (with Commonwealth, ACT and NSW Government agencies; industry groups and major lessees such as the Airport and the Department of Defence).

The study will take account of key projects like the Majura Road upgrade, the Very Fast Train proposal (which is still very preliminary) and the latest Airport Master Plan.

c) Consultation with key agencies and groups has occurred as part of the study and wider community consultation will occur after the Government has considered the findings of the study and how it wishes to progress.

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