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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4114 ..


The first principle of the draft plan is to retain and enhance the existing rural village character and identity, and as part of this the plan includes strategies to preserve the heritage value of the village.

Improving paths and connections to the Cuppacumbalong Homestead will anchor the precinct and its importance to Tharwa. By retaining its character and viability, the heritage value of the site will not be lost and, instead, will continue to enhance Tharwa’s value as an historical site in the ACT. The plan contains key strategies for ensuring that this will occur, and the history of the homestead will not be sidestepped.

Through the recommendations of the plan and strategies contained within it, the draft village plan will maintain and improve the heritage value of Tharwa for both local community members and wider Canberra.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—Kingston foreshore

Planning—Canberra Greyhound Racing Club application

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I have two matters. One is in regard to Ms Lawder’s question earlier regarding Kingston. I think it may have arisen from some confusion in the Canberra Times article. It talks about the subject land being composed, I think, of blocks 2 and 3 of section 67 Kingston. This was the result of a technical amendment. The technical amendment was to remove the future urban area, or FUA, overlay from blocks 2 and 3, and to amend the Kingston precinct map and code.

The zoning of the blocks is confirmed through the removal of the FUA. Block 2 has been zoned commercial CZ5 mixed use and block 3 has been zoned parks and recreation, or PRZ1 urban open space. The above zones were applied in accordance with the approved estate development plan, or EDP. Also, the zones did not change from what was previously shown when the FUA overlay was in place.

The EDP was approved on 27 February 2015. Consultation occurred when the EDP DA was submitted. Planning controls for the following items were approved in the EDP and added to the Kingston precinct map and code. They were: vehicle access, location of main pedestrian areas, building setbacks, design of buildings, view lines and open space. The key point here is that building height controls for blocks 2 and 3, as well as the rest of the foreshore area, already exist in the Kingston precinct map and code. TA2017-20 did not add or amend any building height controls.

I have a second supplementary answer, Madam Speaker. Yesterday in question time Mr Parton asked if I or my office had had any engagement, conversations or interaction with the planning and land authority in regard to the extension of the lease for the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club. My response to the question was that I had not. Madam Speaker, I can confirm that neither my staff nor I have had any discussions with the directorate in relation to the lease for the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club. But, as I said yesterday, I asked my office to review our files and I now wish to correct the record.


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