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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1664..


At 5.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.

MR HIRD: As I was saying, Mr Deputy Speaker, we note in the report that the amended plans by PALM are very different in important respects from what residents were shown last November. In particular, significant changes have been made to the local road network in Amaroo near the precinct, school setbacks have been expanded, a landscape buffer is now required, bus lay-bys are to go in at all schools, the entrance to the school car park has been altered to reduce traffic in Burdekin Avenue, and school buildings have to be domestic in scale.

The three maps at the rear of our report give a concise appreciation of these changes. We think, on balance, that these changes will work to ease the impact of the school precinct on the local residents and on the movement of traffic through Burdekin Avenue. Members will see from reading the report that we directly address each issue raised by the local residents, and we do it in three ways. We do it as it was originally, as it was in November, and as it is today.

I commend the efforts of the residents and the Gungahlin Community Council for their willingness to assist us in the committee's deliberations. I also on this occasion would like to thank Dr Cooper from PALM and her staff because they were prepared to listen and they admitted that there were some faults. They indicated that they would address those faults so they would not occur again. In closing, I would like to thank my colleagues and, once again, our hardworking secretary Rod Power. I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Appropriation Bill (HIH) 2000-2001

Mr Humphries presented the bill, its explanatory memorandum and supplementary budget papers in accordance with section 13 of the Financial Management Act 1996..

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (5.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I ask for leave to have my presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:


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