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Technology City”, under the submitted Development Application No. 200704152.

The facility will contain a Natural Gas Power Station, high voltage power lines, data storage space and a high pressure gas pipeline. The magnitude of the social and environmental impact on local residents remains unknown and this facility will be located as close as 600 metres from residential areas.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

1) Immediately rescind any approvals or licenses granted to ActewAGL to construct this facility in Macarthur; District of Tuggeranong or close to urban areas.

2) Undertake to find alternative locations within the ACT that would be suitable for such a large industrial facility.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy of each referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.


Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Barr, Minister for Planning, dated 24 June 2008, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Porter concerning a development application in Fraser; and by Mr Barr, Minister for Planning, dated 24 June 2008, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Pratt concerning the proposed gas-fired power station in Tuggeranong.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.


The response read as follows:

Response for tabling to petition lodged on 10 April 2008 by Ms Porter AM MLA, in relation to DA 200705930, 25 Lind Street, Fraser.

The Development Application (DA) for the construction of a multi unit development is subject to assessment by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). The DA was lodged with ACTPLA on 6 March 2008. It is currently being assessed against the Territory Plan and the relevant planning guidelines.

The petition raised the concern that the proposed development may be inconsistent with the objectives of the Part B1 Residential Land Use Policies (A10 Residential Core Area Specific Policies). In determining the DA, ACTPLA is required to give careful consideration to the suitability of the land for the proposed use, advice from Government agencies, and all submissions received as a result of public notification. I understand 11 submissions have been received by ACTPLA.

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