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c. There were more than 20 individual nominations for various parts of Oaks Estate covering 70 residential blocks, numerous industrial blocks and Aboriginal and natural heritage values. As such, the recent Heritage Council decision on Oaks Estate has resulted in a significant reduction of the heritage nomination list.

d. Nominators include individuals and the National Trust (ACT).

e. The Oaks Estate Precinct nomination has been under active assessment since 2014.

(2) a. While the Heritage Council acknowledges the length of time the assessment process has taken for these 20 nominations, it notes the following:

i. Nomination lists are a common feature of heritage systems in all jurisdictions in Australia and internationally.

ii. Hundreds of other nominations for individual places, precincts and objects have been assessed and had registration decisions made during this period. Assessments are carefully prioritised.

iii. In recent amendments to the Heritage Act, the decision by the ACT Government not to place annual limits or statutory timeframes on nominations, and as such have a longer nomination list, greatly improves heritage conservation outcomes as nominations are afforded protection under the Heritage Act.

iv. The Heritage Council must also balance the requirement to assess nominations with its other range of statutory functions as prescribed under the Heritage Act including:

1. providing advice on works and development matters in accordance with the ACT’s land planning and development system.

2. encouraging and assisting with appropriate management of heritage places and objects

3. encouraging public interest in, and awareness of, education of heritage places and objects in the ACT.

b. The Heritage Council has substantially reduced the nominations list. Since reaching a peak of 320 in 2008, the list of nominations is currently 108 (as at 5 May 2017).

c. In the last financial year (2015-16) the Heritage Council:

i. met seven times as a full Council to conduct a range of business including making heritage registration decisions amounting to:

1. 11 nominations, of which nine were accepted and two dismissed;

2. 16 decisions on provisional registration including decisions not to provisionally register;

3. 14 decisions on full registration; and

4. This totals 41 decisions in relation to heritage registration

ii. conducted 10 Taskforce meetings, seven of which were meetings of the Register Taskforce to consider the assessment of nominations;

iii. issued 581 pieces of formal conservation advice relating to Development Applications, other planning advice, tree advice, advice related to Aboriginal and greenfields development etc;

iv. continued work on four policies related to Aboriginal heritage management;

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