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Section 20(4) of the act already requires that the heritage register include each heritage guideline, heritage direction, heritage agreement and enforcement order that applies to a heritage place or object. Providing a requirement to also include repair damage directions on the heritage register is consistent with the approach of section 20(4) and gives the community the complete picture of a heritage place’s or object’s history.

Section 21 of the act requires the Heritage Council to give the public access to the heritage register. The new section 67D permits an authorised person, with necessary assistance, to enter the premises where the place or object to which a repair damage direction applies is located, in order to do the thing stated in the direction, do or finish any work stated in the direction, or direct or supervise another person that the authorised person has asked to carry out the task.

An authorised person may only enter the premises that are the subject of a repair damage direction if the person subject to the direction fails to comply with the direction in the time stated in the direction or by an extension of time given by the Heritage Council. New clause 67D limits the right to privacy and reputation by permitting an authorised person to interfere with the person’s home to repair any damage.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 28 November 2019, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.00): I have lived in Canberra for over 20 years. In that time, the changes to the built form of the city have been quite remarkable. As a city, we have grown up in many ways. I think most of it is positive. Some of it is not, at least from my perspective.

In his introduction to this bill last year, the Minister for Planning and Land Management made a somewhat repetitious but still remarkable assertion. He said that Canberrans prefer a “city experience” and that more people in Canberra are choosing to buy or live in a unit, so the skyline reflects the way that people are choosing to live.

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