Simon Corbell has announced he’s tweaking the heritage protection rules:
Appeal provisions will no longer apply against a decision by the Council not to provisionally register a place or object. Property owners will still be able to appeal a decision to register their place.
The amendments maintain the independence of the Heritage Council, while also providing the Minister of the day with a stronger role regarding registration decisions, through new call-in provisions for registration decisions.
“I believe the call-in powers will achieve the best possible outcomes for heritage protection and conservation while also addressing the future needs, growth and prosperity of the ACT.
“It is fitting that this Bill be presented in this – our Centenary year – to ensure the City’s heritage is recognised and protected through contemporary best practice approaches,” Mr Corbell said.
Heritage legislation in the ACT encompasses natural, Aboriginal and historic places and objects.
Community submissions on the Amendment Bill are open until Friday, 14 June 2013. Further information www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage
More call in powers for Simon eh? Isn’t that handy?