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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 2982..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I believe that the committee recommended in the body of its report that there ought to be instituted some regular inspection by the department to ensure that at least this dimension of school-based management has not broken down in some schools. I would express concern to ensure that that recommendation is picked up so that we do not have the odd school falling into disrepair because school-based management has not worked or that a particular school just has not been able to find the resources either to oversight or to carry out any work within the school.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

URBAN SERVICES - STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Red Hill Section 56, Block 1 (Federal Golf Club)

MR HIRD (3.43): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 31 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 94: Red Hill Section 56 Block 1 (Federal Golf Club)", including a dissenting report and an annexure, together with the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to you as Speaker for circulation on 11 October this year. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to table this report, which includes a dissent from my colleague Mr Corbell. I am joined in the majority report by my colleague Mr Rugendyke. The report has taken three months to produce. It involved extensive consultation with the community, including 173 submissions from the public, a petition with 480 signatories from the golf club, and two public hearings. It also involved an inspection of the course in the company of PALM officers and golf club officials in the first instance and then, separately, with local residents.

The committee took a great deal of evidence and most of the key documents have been reproduced in a separate document tabled with this report. The document is an annexure. We have taken this course of action because it is important for the public to have access to this material.

The report comments on the diversity of issues raised by the draft variation with, in some cases, the same issue being seen completely differently by proponents and objectors. Our report gives several examples of these trends. The report contains seven recommendations, leaving aside the one dealing with a petition. Whilst most attention no doubt will be focused on the last one - that the draft variation be endorsed - I think it is very important to take the other seven into account.

We have made some important points, such as that the Government should ensure that the land off Kitchener Street in Garran remains as open space, that no further housing should be permitted on the Federal Golf Course other than the 59 units currently proposed, that the Government should ensure that no road is ever constructed to link Brereton Street in Garran to the existing access road to the golf club, and that several dams should be constructed within the club's existing boundary rather than just one big dam partly occupying land outside the golf course.


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