Page 4456 - Week 10 - Thursday, 22 September 2011

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

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes, commercial interests affected by the Giralang DA decision have liaised with the government. With respect to the Development Application process communication with supermarkets in neighbouring suburbs has been confined to the normal public notification process.

(3) I refer the member to my response during Question Time on 23 August 2011. In relation to the planning approval, who the operator is of the supermarket is not a relevant consideration. The consequence of my decision is that it means all operators will have to be more competitive in the delivery of services to that neighbourhood. That is a good thing for people who live in that area. It means that there will be more supermarkets providing more competition, better choice and better value for money for consumers.

(4) The calculation of Gross Floor Area (GFA) for storage and loading docks is undertaken in accordance with the definition of GFA in the Territory Plan. In situations where the storage areas and loading dock are ancillary uses to the primary purposes of the lease they are included in the calculation of the GFA for the building and not restricted to the supermarket.

(5) Gross Floor Area (GFA) as defined in the Territory Plan “means the sum of the area of all floors of the building measured from the external faces of the exterior walls, or from the centre lines of walls separating the building from any other building, excluding any area used solely for rooftop fixed mechanical plant and/or basement car parking”. The definition is the same for supermarkets and bulky goods retailing.

(6) The Commercial Codes review is underway and a public release is anticipated next year.

Environment—urban tree management
(Question No 1752)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

(1) Could the Government provide details about the Government’s present urban tree management practices and progress on the urban tree renewal project in the interim period prior to release of the Government’s response to the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment’s Report on the ‘Investigation into the Government’s tree management practices and the renewal of Canberra’s urban forest’.

(2) What recommendations of the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment’s Urban Tree Report are currently being implemented as is indicated in Budget Paper 4 2011-12, p 67.

(3) When will the Government be responding to the Commissioner’s report.

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

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