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(4) (a) and (b) The Government has not investigated the growth in retail GFA and in supermarket GFA relative to the growth of the ACT’s population. The Government believes that the level of provision of space for retailing goods and services is generally the domain of the private sector.

(5) The Government’s supermarket competition policies have been developed with an awareness of events and trends within the supermarket sector both locally and nationally.

(6) The ACT Government believes in supporting diversity in the supermarket sector and has developed the supermarket competition policy in response.

Couranga and Tralee homesteads
(Question No 1755)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 25 August 2011:

(1) In relation to the advice noted by the Government about the Home and Building Inspection Report for the Couranga and Tralee Homesteads undertaken by the LDA in 2008, can you detail what non ‘non-urgent’ actions were undertaken.

(2) For the 2010-11 budget allocation figure of $165,000 for the conservation and interpretation of Tralee Homestead what action has been taken to date.

(3) When will the Government decide on options for Couranga Homestead.

(4) Why was the security company engaged by the LDA, together with the security fencing with appropriate signage erected around the Tralee Hut, not engaged or erected earlier that would have prevented the recent vandalism that occurred.

(5) Given that the Estate Development Plan/development application approval sets aside area to protect the heritage assets, but only provides a distance of 6 metres between the Tralee Slab hut and the planned development what are the reasons for how this distance of 6 metres was determined and why it is considered satisfactory.

(6) We also understand that the planned development is likely to significantly impose on the views from the Slab Hut, thereby comprising the integrity of this heritage asset. Could the Government provide details on how the planned development will ameliorate the present planned comprised views from the Slab Hut.

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

(1) As detailed in the response to QoN 1683, the advice was noted by the LDA. Following detailed consideration of the Building Report, a decision was taken that no ‘non urgent’ work was required.

(2) Conservation and interpretation action to date include removal of hazardous material at the Tralee Slab Hut, removal of non-significant site waste, and tree surgery for reasons of public safety.

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