Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1860 ..
The property formerly known as Bulgar Creek (now known as Kerrabee) has not been acquired by the LDA.
(2) The characteristics of this area are very similar to those of the Molonglo Valley area. The studies have identified box gum woodland, Pink-tailed Worm-lizard habitat and Golden Sun Moth predominantly within or adjacent to the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee River Corridors consistent with information currently on ACTMAPi. Further, more detailed assessments will be undertaken to refine this information over time. Importantly, these studies will identify and inform where major ecological corridors and connective links currently exist, and will influence any further planning by Government of the western edge.
Public housing—fire risk locations
(Question No 157)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 31 March 2017:
Is there a proposal for a public housing renewal project in Chapman that would be in a bushfire zone and do planning regulations impose considerable requirements on houses built in bushfire zones; if so, can the Minister (a) outline how much will be spent implementing the necessary design features to make these houses compliant with regulation and (b) advise if these changes were considered when determining the financial viability of this renewal project.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The Public Housing Renewal Taskforce (Taskforce) has identified part of Block 1, Section 45 Chapman as a site for approximately 30 public housing dwellings. This site is located within a Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) as set out in the ACT Strategic Bushfire Management Plan 2014-2019.
External materials and design for the properties would be in accordance with Sections 3 and 5 of Australian Standard 3959 Construction of buildings in BPAs (Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 12.5 requirements). It should be noted that in greenfield areas it is not unusual for dwellings on the urban edge to have BAL requirements at equivalent or higher levels. This includes specific landscaping requirements, access requirements, underground utility infrastructure and additional hydrant connection points.
a) The proposed development is still in the design phase and building costs are unknown at this stage. However, the implementation of any bushfire management requirements is anticipated to impose minimal additional costs as these features will be identified and incorporated during this design period.
b) The requirements for construction in a BPA were considered as part of the site selection process.