Page 1830 - Week 05 - Thursday, 8 May 2008

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(1) At present, there are 2 “paintball” operators in the ACT, one operating from Tuggeranong Pines (on part Block 1568 Tuggeranong) and the other from Fairbairn Pines (on part Block 585 Majura). Both operations are conducted on unleased Territory land. Consequently, only a licence can be granted to each operator and not a Crown lease. At present, a licence has been granted to the operator of the Tuggeranong Pines paintball operator. It is anticipated that a licence agreement will be granted to the operator of the Fairbairn Pines paintball business in April.

(2) The reference to “leases” and “lessees” in your question should be to the “licences” and “licensees”. With that in mind, if the paintball operators wish to undertake construction on their licensed land, they would have to lodge a Development Application with the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and pay the relevant fees. Any such DA must be signed by TAMS as custodian of the unleased Territory land.

(3) Two DA’s have been lodged for Block 585 Majura. DA number 200706094 was for an 18 metre by 6 metre “Colorbond” shed and was approved on 12 February 2008. DA number 200801630 was lodged on 28 March 2008 and is for a pergola attached to the approved “Colorbond” shed. This application has not yet been decided.

(4) ACTPLA has the power to grant Crown leases over Territory land. In addition, ACTPLA can grant licences over unleased Territory land including public land. The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) has the power to grant permits under the Roads and Public Places Act 1937 for the temporary placement of an object on a public place. It is possible for ACTPLA to grant a licence to place an object on a public place but this is limited to the permanent placement of such an object and not a temporary placement.

(5) ACTPLA assesses DA’s against the applicable planning regime. Part of that process may involve referral of the DA to a number of Territory agencies including TAMS for its comments. Those agency comments are incorporated in the decision on a DA by ACTPLA. In summary, while ACTPLA is the approval agency, custodians such as TAMS must sign the DA’s and such agencies have input into the assessment process.

Tharwa bridge
(Question No 2029)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 3 April 2008:

(1) In relation to the response to part 3(b) of question on notice No 1879 regarding the Tharwa Bridge, what was the nature of services or products procured at the cost of $300 000 by December 2007, including an itemised breakdown of these services or products with its corresponding cost to the ACT Government;

(2) Is there any other use that can be derived from the result of any of these listed services rendered besides the construction of a new concrete bridge.

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

1. $300,000 was spent on procuring the design, documentation and necessary statutory approvals for the construction of a new concrete bridge.

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