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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 April 2008) . . Page.. 763 ..

developing this work, the government will ensure that there is a cyclical review of each concession. The IDC will determine the frequency and objectives of these reviews.

In conclusion, the government is committed to concessions being a central mechanism to support the principles of equity access and participation for the community. The government will continue to ensure that concessions are designed to address the needs of individuals, households and organisations, in particular those with low incomes or those who experience disadvantage. I commend the report and the response to the review of concessions to the Assembly and I would be pleased to update the Assembly once the IDC work is finished later this year.

Debate (on motion by Dr Foskey) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory plan—variation No 285

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (3.58): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 285 to the Territory Plan—Block 17 Section 102 Symonston—Changes to NUZ1 Broadacre Zone Development Table, dated 25 March 2008, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 32—Variation to the Territory Plan No 285—Block 17 Section 102 Symonston Extension of Broadacre 10E Area Specific Policy—Government response.

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

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Draft variation No 285 to the territory plan proposes to add block 17 section 102 Symonston to the broadacre zone development table figure 7 Symonston area B, to permit mobile-home park use on the site. This is in order to facilitate the land swap agreement between the ACT government and Dytin Pty Ltd, the lessee of block 8 section 97 Symonston, which is the site of the Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park. The agreement will enable the caravan park to continue on block 8 section 97, provided land with equivalent development potential is made available to the lessee in the land swap.

Draft variation No 285 was released for public comment in July of 2007 and attracted 10 public submissions. Seven raised objections, and three, including two form letters with a total of 32 signatures, expressed support for the proposal. The main issues relate to the environmental and heritage status of the block, the presence of the grassland earless dragon, suitability of uses in a broadacre zone, the transparency of the planning process and concern for the residents of the caravan park if the variation and land swap did not proceed.

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