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A further 48 nominations on National Land, and therefore under the National Capital Authority’s control, are in the process of being removed from the Register and moved across to a non-statutory list. These include places of interest to Canberra’s story, but not on Territory land.

Many of the places nominated to the register have remained at a nominated status for over 10 years. These nominations are accompanied by little or no information as they were nominated prior to the Heritage Act 2004. For a nomination to be considered under the Act, it must be submitted in the appropriate form to the Heritage Council and include a statement about its heritage significance and a detailed assessment against each of the heritage significance criteria.

To clear the backlog, the Heritage Council and the Heritage Unit are:

• Assessing the level of information provided with the remaining 235 nominations with a view to returning incomplete nominations to nominators with the invitation to consider re-nominating places with the level of detail required under the Act. This will allow for a more streamlined assessment of nominations against heritage significance criteria; and

• Work with other agencies to assess nominations which require prompt decision. These include the Weston Creek Caretaker’s Cottage (TAMS), Northbourne Flats (DHCS), Tralee and Couranga Homestead (LDA) and Goldcreek Homestead (TAMS).

(2) Sixteen places nominated to the Heritage Register for their natural values by the Conservation Council (ACT Region) under various rounds of the ACT Heritage Grants Program are currently undergoing assessment. The Heritage Unit has contracted Dr David Shorthouse to undertake an independent assessment of nominations relating to the natural environment.

Given the complexity of issues and mixed land ownership of some of the natural nominations the hours for this assignment are subject to negotiation between the Heritage Unit and Dr Shorthouse. It is also anticipated that multiple workshops with interested parties during the public consultation period (should the Heritage Council decide to provisionally register these nominations) may require further services.

(Question No 306)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

(1) What monitoring is the ACT Government undertaking to establish cyclist numbers on main transport routes.

(2) Which routes are being monitored.

(3) What is this data being used for and will the Minister provide the data when it becomes available.

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

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