Australian Government welcomes findings from Parliamentary Inquiry into ACT Light Rail

25 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





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