Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 2911..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
the country. Cities right around the country and state and territory governments are even now moving to address this issue, and this government is leading in terms of its proposed reforms.
The planning and land authority will deliver greater accountability and transparency and, more importantly, greater advocacy for better planning outcomes for our city and greater information not only to government but to the Assembly on the planning issues this city faces.
On top of that, the government's strategic planning process is something the previous government failed dismally to achieve in their last seven years. We have gone further in the last nine months than they did in their last seven years in strategic planning outcomes for our city. We need a framework that informs not only us, as decision makers now, but also future decision makers for the next 25 to 30 years.
We need a framework that will inform us about the decisions we face in terms of the growth and development of our city. Should we continue to allow greenfield development? How are we going to manage the issues of fringe development that we see every day around our borders-Tralee, the proposal around Googong? How are we going to manage the water implications of those? How are we going to manage increased development consolidation if we choose not to go down the greenfield path? How are we going to manage issues of this magnitude? We need a comprehensive framework that informs our decision-making.
We do not have one and, as a result, the response of the previous government has been ad hoc and reactive. We need to be proactive, and we need to have a structure that informs our decision-making-socially, environmentally and economically. That is what this government is delivering.
This is a strong budget for planning, it is a strong budget for public transport and it is a strong budget for developing the strategic framework our city needs to guide ourselves into the future.
Debate (on motion by Mr Pratt ) adjourned to the next sitting.
Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
West Belconnen Warriors
MR STEFANIAK (10.01): Last week I wished all the best to the Belconnen Magpies Aussie rules side in their quest for their first premiership after a good home and away season. This week I want to congratulate a team that has had considerable success in premierships. Indeed, one of our former members, Mr Osborne, was one of its star players after his illustrious career with the Canberra Raiders. I refer to the Belconnen Warriors, the Belconnen rugby league side that has had a brilliant season: minor premiers in first grade and undefeated minor premiers in reserve grade. Their club has