Page 382 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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MR GENTLEMAN: I gave some information earlier, in a preface to an answer in regard to the Curtin development application. Master plans do take a while, and it is important that we go through all of the opportunities to engage with the community on the master plan. Interestingly, what occurs on a number of occasions is that, as master plans and the draft process go forward and community consultation begins, more people get involved and there are more opportunities for listening to a wider, broad church in the community about the outcomes for a particular master plan, in this case Curtin, of course.

That is why it takes that length of time. Of course, it is a draft process, and we re-engage when other opportunities come up through the master planning process. I will not outline when this master plan will be completed. I hope that it is in the not-too-distant future, and that we will be able to announce it shortly.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how, if at all, will the draft Curtin group master plan inform the DA assessment process given that it is not finalised?

MR GENTLEMAN: It will be finalised, as master plans are finalised. They do inform then the territory planning and decision-making process of the independent authority. So I am sure that it will not be too long until the consultation rounds are completed with all of the stakeholders and the master plan is finalised.

Ms Lawder: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order.

Ms Lawder: The question was about how it would influence the DA, given that it is not finalised, not whether the master plan would be finalised at all. So it is as to relevance to the original question.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister made response to master planning informing a DA process. Did you have anything to add, minister?

MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, what the authority does is look at the current rules and the territory plan in relation to current development applications, and master plans then inform that decision-making exercise once they are completed and form a part of our territory planning process.

MRS JONES: Minister, does that then confirm that the draft master plan will indeed not inform this DA, and did the public who have been involved in the master planning process waste their time?

MR GENTLEMAN: The public certainly did not waste their time. All of the information gathered from our community consultation goes into that master planning process. The directorate and the authority engage with the community all through that process on quite a number of different opportunities.

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