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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5569 ..

MADAM ASSISANT SPEAKER: There seems to be no more interest in the matter of public importance.

Planning and Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (No 2)

Mr Barr, on behalf of Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (3.46): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is with a sense of deja vu that I stand to present a planning and building legislation amendment bill—this time amendment bill No 2.

Mr Smyth: We want you back, Andrew; we want you back.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Smyth. This is the second bill to be created under the government’s omnibus Planning and Building Legislation Amendment Bill—PABLAB—process. This PABLAB process applies to legislation relevant to planning issues, the built environment and the natural environment. The process provides a way of consolidating minor, technical and minor policy amendments into one place. This makes the amendment process more efficient, user-friendly and accessible for the community, industry and government. The first PABLAB bill was passed by the Assembly in June this year and through that bill eight acts were amended. This bill demonstrated the effectiveness of the PABLAB process as a tool for making a number of minor changes across multiple acts.

PABLAB No 2 delivers on the government’s commitment to introduce legislation this year to firstly improve pre-development application consultation and to provide more accessible information to the community on new building projects. In the debate on PABLAB No 1, I welcomed discussion with both the Greens and Liberal members. I am advised again that we briefed the Greens MLAs on the provisions relative to pre-DA consultation and Minister Corbell considered their comments in finalising PABLAB No 2.

I now turn to the content of this bill—PABLAB No 2. The bill covers two main areas—that is, firstly, pre-DA community consultation and, secondly, signs on building sites. I will speak first on those amendments about a requirement to display a sign on a building site. The proposed amendment will require a physical sign to be displayed on the street frontage of a building site, with the sign to include a description of the project and the names and contact details of the licensed builder and the building certifier, as well as other information.

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