Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 06 Hansard (Monday, 11 May 2009) . . Page.. 2241 ..
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
No. The Molonglo development will take into account General Code 11.11 of the Territory Plan – “Planning for Bushfire Risk Mitigation General Code”.
Environment—conservation management agreements
(Question No 175)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 2 April 2009 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):
(1) How many conservation management agreements were entered into during the year.
(2) What is the process undertaken to implement a conservation management agreement.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. In total, there have been 12 new Land Management Agreements signed over the last 12 month period. These include agreements over a newly purchased lease, renewed leases, or transfer of lease.
There are a further seven draft Land Management Agreements currently undergoing the review process prior to the final document being signed off by the lessee, the Conservator and the ACT Planning and Land Authority.
2. A Land Management Agreement is required under the Planning and Development Act 2007 for all rural leases. A review of the Agreement will be required every 5 years or on the re-issuing, variation or transfer of the lease or on the written request of the lessee or the Territory, which ever occurs first. If existing management practices are retained and there is no adverse impact on the environment over this period, no changes to the Agreement will be required.
The principal objective of an Agreement is to establish appropriate management practices for the subject leases that achieve the land management aims of both the lessee and Territory. The Land Management Agreement has three principal components including a Statement of Responsibilities, Site Assessment and Land Action Plans.
Specific Land Management areas assessed as part of the Land Management Agreement include the following:
• A description of existing and intended principal rural enterprises and Heritage factors.
• Environmental factors that are assessed as a part of the process include all of the following:
o Soil condition;
o Contaminated sites;
o Water Resource Management;
o Riparian Zones;
o Sites of significant environmental value;
o Native Vegetation;