ACT and Australian Governments Facilitate Development Near Airport

Media Release

18 October 2013

National Capital Authority and Simon Corbell MLA - Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Member for Molonglo

The National Capital Authority (NCA) and the ACT Government are working together to open a block of land near the airport for industrial mixed use, with public consultation starting this week.

Proposed changes to the Territory Plan and National Capital Plan will allow development such as bulky goods retailing, warehousing, freight and distribution services on parts of Block 4 Section 9 and Block 2 Section 12 Pialligo.

The ACT Government proposes making the changes through a draft variation to the Territory Plan (DV324), which would change the site from broadacre to industrial mixed use, while the NCA is releasing Draft Amendment 84 (DA84) to the National Capital Plan, which proposes to expand the urban area at Pialligo from Broadacre to Urban Area.

"It is important for the NCA and ACT Government to work in unison to be able to supply large sites to continue the ongoing economic and employment opportunities in the region," Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.

"The ACT Government will also continue to work with local stakeholders to improve the economic and employment opportunities for the region."

NCA Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Smith, said the NCA and the ACT Government were working together to ensure the best planning outcome for the area.

"It makes sense to have a combined consultation process given changes are required to both the National Capital Plan and Territory Plan to allow industrial mixed use development on these sites," Mr Smith said.

"This combined process will mean the community can have their say about the proposals with only one submission."

Consultation documents are available on the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate website and NCA Consultation website.