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Bruce. It is close to the Australian Institute of Sport and the University of Canberra. The third and final stage of 92 dwellings is expected to be completed this year. When completed, Eclipse will include a mix of owner-occupiers, affordable rentals owned by CHC, and tenants renting from private investors under the national rental affordability scheme. In total, Eclipse will have 73 NRAS dwellings when finished.

In closing, the ACT government is continuing to progress a number of sensible steps to make housing more affordable in the ACT. I am pleased to say that through our land release program and through working with the commonwealth and private developers, we are achieving a wider range of affordable housing options for all Canberrans.

Discussion concluded.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 19 September 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.05): The opposition will be supporting the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2). The omnibus bill contains mainly minor technical amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Environment Protection Regulations 2005, the Lakes Act 1976, the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Planning and Development Regulations 2008, the Public Place Names Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000.

There are two policy changes included in this bill. The first policy change allows the Environment Protection Authority to delegate its authority to officers or employees of a state and commonwealth environment protection agency. The amendment will make it easier for the EPA to work with its state and commonwealth counterparts on operations that involve multiple jurisdictions. The delegation authority provided in this bill is similar to the delegation authority held by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority. It is hoped that the similar provisions in New South Wales and the ACT will encourage officers in both jurisdictions to work more closely on environmental operations, including emergency situations.

The second policy change allows the minister to make guidelines about the naming of public places. The guidelines will be notifiable instruments. Under current practice, decisions about place names are made in line with directorate policy documents. Formalising these policies into a notifiable instrument will increase transparency and accessibility by ensuring that the guidelines are readily available to interested members of the public. It is hoped that this will help members of the public to better understand the naming process.

This bill also contains technical and editorial amendments. Clause 6 clarifies that noise measures may be taken from one or more compliance points. Clauses 7, 8, 9 and 10 deal with the definition of Lake Ginninderra. The current complicated description

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