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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 8 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3363..


MR COE (continuing):

would think the developers would put them into their developments to give them a competitive advantage when they are actually selling their blocks. Again, I would rather leave that to the community to determine.

I also had concerns about recommendations 12 and 13. I do not believe we need to have a sweeping statement that cats should be confined to their keepers' or carers' premises at all times. I think we should be looking at this on a case-by-case basis. I think we should be a bit more considerate about people who may want to be moving in here, especially in the multi-unit complexes. It is quite possible that elderly people will be moving into this part of Belconnen, and such a restriction on pets may well lead to not as many people as otherwise would be the case finding this an appropriate place to live.

Finally, it is also worth noting that there are still considerable vagaries about how the north of Lawson South is going to be developed. That is the area controlled by the federal government on the old naval station. I imagine it is called Lawson North—it might just be Lawson, in fact. But the area to the north of Lawson South is controlled by the federal government, and it seems that there is not necessarily the best communication and best coordination between ACTPLA and the National Capital Authority. Given that the developments are adjacent to each other, it would make sense for there to be better coordination so you can better plan public transport, you can better plan the roads that will service the area and you can actually plan these developments in conjunction so that you will get a much better outcome.

I, too, support the signage to alert people to where future developments will take place. Of course, I would like that signage to be procured in a way that provides a reasonable price to the taxpayer rather than the usual way in which ACTPLA and TAMS tend to do their procurements. Again, I thank my committee members for the work they did on this, and look forward to the next committee inquiry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water.

The Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water recently resolved to inquire into and report on the ecological carrying capacity of the ACT and region. The committee will inquire into and report on the following matters:

(1) the resources available to the ACT in terms of water, energy and food sourced from within the territory and outside it;

(2) effective measures for assessing ecological footprint and carrying capacity;

(3) current levels of resource use by ACT residents including:


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