Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australian Government welcomes findings from Parliamentary Inquiry into ACT Light Rail

Media Release

SL006/2019

06 March 2019

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Sussan Ley today welcomed the findings from the recent parliamentary inquiry into Stage 2 of Canberra’s light rail project.

Assistant Minister Ley said the Australian Government supported the recommendations made by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories Inquiry.

“The Government supports the Committee’s six recommendations, which provide clarity around the approval and referral process as well as safety, aesthetic, heritage and environmental considerations,” Ms Ley said.

“Following the tabling of this report, the Australian Government encourages the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government to continue working together to ensure that the proposed route for the project is consistent with the National Capital Plan.

“Canberra is more than just a city; it is home to some of the nation’s most significant institutions and buildings and is filled with examples of our heritage and national identity.

“That is why it is so essential that the unique character of the nation’s capital is preserved for all Australians.

“The National Capital Authority maintains responsibility for determining applications for works and planning approvals for major projects on National Land.”

The Australian Government’s response to the Inquiry report is available at https://infrastructure.gov.au/department/ips/government_responses/.