Page 505 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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In the context of consultation, undoubtedly there has been a significant level of engagement, not just with the group known as the Friends of Hawker but also throughout the broader community in that part of south-east Belconnen. I think it is worth noting that the level of engagement has been high and that we do respect the capacity for MLAs to be engaged in this process. It was interesting to read, though, this morning that the director of electorate services, the great consulter, was not known at all to this group, yet it has been such an issue of focus for the Liberal members for Ginninderra. (Time expired.)

MS LE COUTEUR: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur has the call.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how will the lessons from Hawker inform other consultations the LDA is doing, such as Yarralumla brickworks and Downer, as you mentioned?

MR BARR: I think it is important, in the context of master planning exercises, that the ACT Planning and Land Authority, now through the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, undertake those processes and that the Economic Development Directorate has responsibility in relation to land sales and economic development. It is important to draw that distinction and recognise that, for some specific projects in relation to specific blocks of land, the LDA will undertake site-specific consultations. My approach—a view I know is shared by Mr Corbell—is that for group centre, local centre and town centre master planning exercises the appropriate response is, in the first instance, for the planning authority to undertake that consultation. Then the Economic Development Directorate has a role in the actual doing of a development and implementing a master plan.

Water—catchment management

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment. A matter that has been exercising the minds of bureaucrats and the Chief Executive Water Group since at least 2004 is the question of governance arrangements for water catchments in the ACT. Proposals were advanced by Professor Gary Jones either to establish an independent water catchment management authority or to place the responsibility for catchment management in the hands of a single senior public servant. It was proposed that the government appoint a catchment management commissioner under the auspices of your directorate. Minister, what is the status of this proposal?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. I am not in a position to announce government policy on this matter at this time.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

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