Page 263 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 December 2016

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Equally, from an inbound tourism perspective, making Canberra an easier destination and a more affordable destination to reach will significantly assist us to grow our now already all-time record levels of domestic and international tourism. As part of our tourism 2020 strategy and the strategic priorities we have outlined around economic growth and diversification, these flights provide significant benefits to the territory to secure our long-term future both as a regional hub and as an important city in South-East Asia. We want to grow tourism to $2.5 billion by 2020. We welcomed over 200,000 international visitors in the year ending June 2016. That was a 13½ per cent increase on the year before.

Territory plan—technical amendment TA2016-17

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management and relates to the technical amendment to the territory plan TA2016-17, city zone adjustment to address minor encroachments. The technical amendment gives the property owner an additional 84.6 square metres of developable area four storeys above the footpath on London Circuit, which is of course a prime area in the city. How much will the proponent be paying the government for the rights to the additional developable air space?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. The detail of that, of course, is with the development application and the technical amendment is with ACTPLA at the moment to determine whether or not the development application would be approved and also whether the technical amendment would be approved. That will depend on either of them being approved, and either approval does not have contingency on the other approval. One can be approved without the other, if you like.

I do not have the actual figure about the amount of air space taken up and the value of the air space but I will certainly take that on notice and look at the amount that is currently under technical amendment for that particular area. But I can say that a licence for a balcony can be applied for and has a fee that is assessed. It depends on the value of the property as well as the amount space that we have discussed. And that is done through the leasing area. If a balcony is removable and not substantially enclosed and not subject to unit title, it can also be leased under a licence for the specific term.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, do you know whether the government has sold development rights like this at any other time? It clearly will not be a removable balcony under the proponents’ description.

MR GENTLEMAN: I understand that it has occurred on one other occasion, on the edge of Cooyong Street in the new development across from the ATO office. I will get further details on that for you.

MR STEEL: Minister, if the development approval is granted, does that mean that the technical amendment is automatically granted?

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