Page 4025 - Week 10 - Thursday, 28 August 2008

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

A)Dickson/Lyneham Flats

• The Dickson/Lyneham Flats are nominated to the ACT Heritage Register.

• The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS) submitted a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) to the ACT Heritage Council for endorsement in September 2007.

• Representatives from DHCS provided a short presentation on the CMP and the preferred development options to the Council at their meeting on 25 October 2007.

• The ACT Heritage Council expressed some concern regarding the content and structure of the CMP and has requested that additional information and issues are addressed in the document prior to resubmission for endorsement.

• DHCS recently submitted some additional information to the Heritage Council. The Heritage Unit will continue to work with DHCS to assist in advancing the CMP to an acceptable level for endorsement by Council.

B)Redwood Forest

• Redwood Grove is nominated to the ACT Heritage Register.

• Redwood Grove is registered on the Register of the National Estate. The National Capital Authority (NCA) maintains this register. While the registration currently affords it protection, the forest will be jeopardised when the Register of the National Estate is abolished in approximately 4 years time. This is an issue that will need to be progressed with the Commonwealth in the context of the proposed changes for the NCA.

• The Heritage Register Taskforce has recommended that Redwood Grove, along with 47 other nominated places, be removed from the ACT Heritage Register and placed on a ‘Places of Interest to Canberra’s Story List’ as they are under the protection and control of t Commonwealth agencies.

• The National Trust contacted the Heritage Unit on 19 March 2008 noting their concern about the management of the Redwood Grove and seeking contact details of the responsible authority.

• The Heritage Unit responded on 1 April 2008 that while Redwood Grove is nominated to the ACT Heritage Register, it is on Designated Land and therefore not within the ACT’s jurisdiction or control. The Unit suggested they contact the Department of Defence as the body responsible for maintaining the park.

• The National Trust wrote to the Chief Minister on 7 April 2008 noting their concern about the management of the forest and to redress any poor performance evident in the management of the Park.

• On 1 May 2008 the Chief Minister responded advising the National Trust that the park is situated on land administered by the Department of Defence and that the Commonwealth Government is responsible for maintaining the park environs. The National Trust was provided with contact details of an officer at the Department of Defence.

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