Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, has welcomed today’s decision by the National Capital Authority to accept Recommendations 2 and 3 of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories inquiry report, An Estate for the Future, on the allocation of land to diplomatic missions in the ACT.
The NCA accepted Recommendation 2 to develop a long term strategy for diplomatic missions. The NCA agreed to establish various mechanisms to forecast supply and demand, including:
- Designating sites for future diplomatic enclaves
- Establishing a clear and binding framework for the granting and resumption of leases to diplomatic missions
- Establishing a policy for medium and high density properties
- Creating a mechanism for the subdivision of existing leases
- Establishing a framework for more extensive use of residential and commercial properties for chanceries
- Managing impacts on local residents, and
- Working out what role the private market might play.
The NCA also accepted Recommendation 3 that Draft Amendment 78 be withdrawn, which would have seen diplomatic missions built on Stirling Ridge.
“I have been campaigning for a more strategic and holistic approach to the development and management of the diplomatic estate for some time now. I am delighted that the NCA has accepted the need for a long term plan for the management of diplomatic estates in Canberra. I'm particularly delighted that this will involve a thorough review of land resources in O'Malley, Yarralumla and Deakin,” Gai Brodtmann said.
“I want to thank the residents and associations who invested significant time in advocating on this issue, and preparing articulate and well considered submissions for the inquiry.
“I’d particularly like to thank the late Meredith Barnes from the Save Stirling Park Group who was a tireless and passionate advocate until her final days,” Gai Brodtmann said.
Ms Brodtmann said she is looking forward to the Minister’s response.