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Thursday, 19 March 1987
Page: 1212

(Question No. 5080)


Mr Coleman asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

(1) Does the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) plan for the development of the Belconnen Town Centre reverse previous NCDC policy by endorsing foreshore development at Emu Bank on Lake Ginninderra.

(2) What is the population of the area to be served by the Belconnen Town Centre development plan.

(3) Is he able to say whether the ACT Trades and Labor Council has placed an industrial ban on further development of the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra at the request of an organisation called the Ginninderra Community Council.

(4) Is he able to say what the approximate size is of the membership of the Ginninderra Community Council.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The recently published plan for the Emu Bank portion of the Lake Ginninderra foreshores maintains the existing policy for that land. Insofar as any reversal of policy might be construed, the Plan varies proposals put forward for public comment which indicated that there would be no development of this land (known as Section 65) adjacent to the lake foreshores. The approach in the Draft Plan followed suggestions by some community groups, but the weight of opinion which emerged during the public review of the Draft Plan was that the original intention to develop be retained.

(2) The short term population forecast (1988-90) for the District of Belconnen is for 87,500 people. There is potential for this to increase over the longer term dependent on land on the periphery of the Town being developed for urban use. The maximum anticipated level is approximately 100,000.

(3) Bans on further development on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra were previously imposed by the ACT Trades and Labor Council. Since the publication of the Plan, no information has come to hand concerning the attitude of the Trades and Labor Council.

(4) No. I am advised by the Assistant Commissioner of the ACT Corporate Affairs Commission that the Ginninderra Community Council is not registered under legislation administered by that Commission.