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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 July 2008) . . Page.. 2465 ..

Canberra spatial plan

DR FOSKEY: My question, which is to the Minister for Planning, is in regard to the Canberra spatial plan. The minister would be aware that, when the plan was introduced in 2004, the commitment was made for its implementation to be regularly monitored, reviewed and updated. The plan stated:

The first review will occur within two years of the adoption of the Plan, with the review to report to Government and be provided to the Legislative Assembly. Subsequently, monitoring will occur biennially and there will be a major review every five years …

I might have missed it, but can the minister advise if a review of the plan was conducted after two years, if it has been or will be provided to the Assembly, and what the time line is for the required five-yearly major review?

MR BARR: I do not have that detail in front of me, Dr Foskey. I will take it on notice and get back to you later this afternoon.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

DR FOSKEY: Could the minister please assure the Assembly that the major review of the spatial plan will give specific consideration to wildlife and biodiversity corridors, particularly in the context of the proposed industrial corridor and the increasing commitment to medium and high-density development?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Foskey. I can certainly advise the Assembly that those matters will be considered. I can’t say that they will be the highest priority in such a review, as there would be a range of issues that would need to be considered, but I am very happy to take those on board as part of the future policy review.

Gas-fired power station

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister and concerns the proposed Tuggeranong power station and data centre complex. Chief Minister, the proponent’s second block of preference was block 18 of 23, which was rejected because it was deemed unsuitable due to the discovery of Indigenous artefacts and the subsequent perceived time delays. Chief Minister, when was the investigation into the Indigenous artefacts completed, and is it now deemed suitable for development?

MR STANHOPE: I do not know that level of specificity. I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, I assume the investigation has been completed and there are no foreseeable delays, because the land was advertised for sale in Saturday’s Canberra Times. Have there been any discussions as to whether the proposed power station and data complex could now be developed on this block?

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