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of Lake Ginninderra by geographical bearings is removed. The bill allows Lake Ginninderra to be declared by notifiable instrument in the same way as other lakes in the territory.
Clause 11 clarifies the definition of an ongoing provision, as referred to in the definition of an estate management plan. The amended definition makes it clear that an ongoing provision cannot introduce new subject matters that are not included in the territory plan. It also clarifies that a development contrary to the territory plan is not allowed.
Clauses 12, 13 and 14 deal with applications to ACAT for review of decisions about development applications. The bill also contains minor editorial amendments. The opposition is pleased to support this omnibus bill today. We hope that it will streamline environment protection operations and improve transparency in the naming process for places in the territory. We also hope that the technical amendments will streamline and speed up planning, building and environment processes in the territory. I commend the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate for the work that has gone into this piece of legislation.
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.08): This is the fifth of the omnibus planning and building legislation bills, or PABLABs as they are known. This bill before us today makes two minor policy amendments: it amends the Environment Protection Act to allow the EPA to delegate functions to other jurisdictions to enable collaboration with state and commonwealth counterparts. This will allow the EPA greater responsiveness to deal with natural disasters and emergencies such as fires or environmental accidents such as sewerage spills.
The second minor policy amendment is that it gives legal status to guidelines the minister must consider for the naming of public places. This will improve transparency and accountability in the naming process. The bill also includes minor technical amendments to a number of acts and regulations, such as editorial changes to keep legislation up to date, updating cross-references in the Planning and Development Regulation and clarifying the meaning of “ongoing provision” in the Planning and Development Act to make it clear that ongoing provisions cannot introduce new subject matter not already covered in the territory plan.
Madam Deputy Speaker, the omnibus bill delivers minor policy changes and technical amendments that are wholly non-controversial. I will be supporting this bill today on behalf of the Greens.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (5.09), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.