Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 308

Invitation For Public Submissions – Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Area  The Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services invites submissions to its inquiry into Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 308: Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Area (Braddon sections 52 and 57 and Reid section 7 – change of zoning).

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NCA Draft Amendment 75

National Capital Plan Draft Amendment 75 – Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College Duntroon Master Plan has recently been prepared by the National Capital Authority. Written submissions in response to the Master Plan will be considered up until the close of business on 17 May 2012. The document can be viewed or downloaded by logging into the NCA website www.nationalcapital.gov.au . For further information contact Rebecca Sorensen on 02 6271 2888 or email draft.amendment@natcap.gov.au . The North Canberra Community Council has concerns about the long term future of blocks of land where nationally endangered native temperate grassland is

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Assessment of the Performance of the Three Branches of Government in ACT against Latimer House Principles

On 15 March 2012, NCCC sent a submission to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure in regard to an Inquiry into the ACT Self Government Act. A number of recommendations have been made in response to the assessment of the performance of the three branches of government in the ACT, including that the number of MLAs should be increased, and the ACT Auditor General and Ombudsman should be made Officers of Parliament. The Standing Committee is considering holding public hearings in April to discuss matters raised in the submissions.

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Laws halt new pharmacy

Pharmacists are calling on the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing to exercise her discretionary powers to allow a pharmacy to be established in Hackett. Hackett is unable to qualify for a pharmacy under a Federal Government Pharmacy Agreement.  Owners of the Griffith Pharmacy Rhonda Warne and Yuko Raimoto have already leased a shop in Hackett for a pharmacy but are now awaiting approval to open it.

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A tale of two developments

The Government’s “Time to Talk” consultations resulted in broad acceptance of the potential benefits of urban densification. Two recent consultations have highlighted the importance of densifying in a way that is compatible with existing suburbs, and of gaining and maintaining community acceptance.

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Weathering the Change – Draft Action Plan No 2 – Submission

In this submission, NCCC comments on sustainable transport, sustainable waste, renewable energy, gas-fired electricity generation, carbon offsets, and proposed pathways to emission reduction strategies. It grades the five pathways presented in Draft Action Plan No 2 to reach the goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which the ACT Government has committed to. Read submission »…

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Final changes to ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries announced

The final make-up of the ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries for the 2012 election has been announced today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phillip Green. “The Augmented ACT Electoral Commission has decided to alter the existing electoral boundaries by adopting the Redistribution Committee’s proposal to transfer the Gungahlin suburbs of Crace and Palmerston from the electorate of Molonglo to the electorate of Ginninderra. This change has been made to ensure that each of the ACT’s three electorates will be within 5% of the enrolment quota at the time of the 2012 election. The electorate of Brindabella has not been

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Call for referendum to break ACT deadlock

Should the NCCC lend support for a referendum to break the ACT deadlock in regard to ongoing electoral boundary contentions and adequate political representation? The ACT Electoral Commissioner has told the territory’s politicians that if they cannot reach agreement on the right size and composition of the Legislative Assembly, the choice should be put to the people.

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Fears change will spell curtains for traders

The Save Curtin Shops group holds grave concerns for the redevelopment of their local centre, starting with a proposed lease variation. The ACT Government has released a Commercial Zones Policy Review Paper for public comment due on July 5. The Curtin local centre example is pertinent to all suburbs with a local shopping centre.

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