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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 1..


Tuesday, 20 February 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Griffith library

By Mr Hargreaves, from 84 residents:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory.

The Petition of the community of Red Hill Primary School

Brings to the attention of the Assembly our significant concern over the proposed closure of the Griffith, Library. The Griffith Library is an important resource for our school students and members of the school community. The Griffith Library provides access to books for research and pleasure and access to internet services for those members of our community who do not have such services at home. The Griffith Library provides services to our broad and diverse community which includes people of all ages across a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. The Library is ideally situated to provide services for students from our school as well as a number of leading public and private schools in the area. Access to alternate library resources would be very difficult for the majority of users and without the Griffith Library many students and members of the community would be denied access to valuable educational and social resources.

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to reconsider its decision to close the Griffith Library.

Planning—Norton Street, Evatt

By Ms Porter, from 143 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

We, the undersigned residents of the Australian Capital Territory, draw to the attention of the Assembly that: the proposed development of land at 19 and 21 Norton Street Evatt is of concern to nearby residents because the proposal does not fit in with the character of the street; is not safe due to the movement of a much increased traffic load; lacks visitor parking; will result in the removal of significant trees; and has inadequate arrangements for waste disposal.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: immediately stop the proposed development at 19 and 21 Norton Street Evatt.


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