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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 20..


affected adversely by Part B1 of the Residential Land Use policies under Variation 200 to the Territory Plan (Variation 200), specifically the 'Area A10 Residential Core' (A10 zones) of Aranda; that the A10 zones in Aranda are based on a fallacy, because there are no real Aranda shops; and that your petitioners are not aware of having received any direct communication from the Government concerning the policy formulation of Variation 200 and A10 zoning.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: declare a moratorium on the implementation of Variation 200 in Aranda, including plans for multi unit development in the design concept stage and development applications proposed but not yet approved, to allow independent research into (a) the actual need for A10 zones in Aranda, (b) the social, financial and environmental impacts on existing residents of medium density residential development within Aranda, (c) heritage aspects of Aranda, and (d) the impact of this level of development on service infrastructure in and around the A10 zones; and to include new submissions by affected residents.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.

Inaugural speeches

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella): I ask for leave of the Assembly to make my inaugural speech.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Speaker, I wish to begin my inaugural speech to the Assembly by acknowledging the first occupants of the land of the Canberra region, the Ngunnawal people. These people were dispossessed of their lands and treated unjustly. We seek to acknowledge and redress past and present injustices, and celebrate the contribution of indigenous people to our community.

I am honoured to represent this community-the people of Brindabella-in the Assembly. I believe that participation is the best form of representation, but it is by no means exclusive to representation. Participation is not an individual pursuit, and I would like to thank those who have been involved with me in working for our community. Our collective achievements have brought me to this place, to work with this first majority Labor government to build the kind of inclusive and just society we strive for.

First, and most importantly, I would like to thank the people of Brindabella for their support, with the hope of their continued involvement with my work as a member, with the work of this Assembly and in our community. Thank you to the branch members of the ALP, with whom I share a commitment to the true Labor values of fairness and social justice, and who are a constant support for those who put our hands up for the honour of representing the Labor Party. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the exceptional work of the staff of the ACT branch office-secretary Matthew Cossey; Melissa Fairhall and Liz Bateson.

I would also extend particular thanks to Bill Wood, whose service to the people of Brindabella over the 15 years he dedicated to this Assembly was exemplary; to the Chief


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