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Changes to management of international land in the ACT



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NEWS RELEASE The Hon Wendy Fatin MR Minister for the Arts and Territories Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of W omen

June 30, 1992

CHANGES TO MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL LAND IN THE ACT

The National Capital Planning Authority will take over the management, care and maintenance of significant tracts of national land from tomorrow, July 1, 1992, under interim arrangements announced today by the Minister for the Arts and Territories, Wendy Fatin. .

The national land, which includes the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and diplomatic sites in Yarralumla, Deakin and ■ O'Malley, has been managed by the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories since the introduction of self­

government in the ACT. ' . .. -

"The change is a logical extension of the NCPA's planning and works approval functions, and its responsibility to develop land mangement plans and maintenance standards in designated areas of the ACT, " Ms Fatin said.

"Designated areas are those specified in the National Capital Plan - prepared and administered by the NCPA - as having special characteristics of the national capital."

National land managed by the Department of Administrative Services will not be affected.

The NCPA's extended management role will now include environmental protection, Lake Burley Griffin, open space, soil conservation, land lease administration in diplomatic areas, cleaning of national areas adjacent to Commonwealth buildings, street lighting in naitonal areas and maintenance of fountains and memorials.

Permanent arrangements for the NCPA's management of "DASET land" are dependent on the passage of the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories Legislation Amendment Bill, 1992.

Contact: David Townsend (NCPA) 271 2810

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