Yesterday we noted there was news on the National Capital Authority getting some much needed money in exchange for making life easier for property developers.
Today it becomes clear that Simon Crean has announced this as part of the Government response to the Hawke review.
“The report’s recommendations included simplifying the planning system and better recognising the role of the ACT Government, developing a five-year plan of information and education activities and refining the NCA’s role in fostering awareness of Canberra as the national capital,” Mr Crean said.
“Canberra is a place of symbolic importance to the Australian people and the Federal Government recognises it has a role to play to preserve and enhance that national interest.
“Canberra is both the nation’s capital and a city in its own right and this brings its own set of challenges and emphasises the need for strong partnerships underpinned by clear responsibilities, arrangements and processes.
“The $11.9 million committed in the 2012-13 Budget will ensure the NCA can play its important role in the lead-up to the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.”
Mr Crean said the Budget funding will see the NCA better placed to prepare and review heritage management plans, cyclic conservation and maintenance programs, restoration and interpretation.
Somewhat predictably the Property Council is thrilled:
“We are pleased and welcome the recommendation that the NCA and the ACT Government work together to review principal areas of responsibility and also agrees that the NCA Board be restructured to permit an ACT community representative to be nominated on to the NCA Board.”
“The Property Council has advocated for some years that this occur, and so this is particularly welcome news,” Ms Carter said.
Many of the changes recommended will require amendments to the enabling NCA Act and also changes to the ACT Territory Plan.
“The Property Council looks forward to working with both the NCA and the ACT Government to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved for the benefit of both the local community and for Canberra as the nation’s capital,” Ms Carter concluded.