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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3305..

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Uriarra Village—proposed solar farm

Motion and petition

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the definitive language used by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development when awarding licences to two new large scale solar developments on 19 August 2013, "two new solar farms will be developed in Canberra as a result of the Solar Auction process";

(b) a site opposite Uriarra Village at Coree was chosen for a seven megawatt development; and

(c) residents of Uriarra were not aware the site opposite the village was being considered for a large scale solar development until after the announcement was made; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) consider and acknowledge the overwhelming sentiment of the community of Uriarra Village to relocate the large scale solar project away from the village;

(b) ensure the project does not proceed at the current location;

(c) consult with the proponent to identify an alternate site that will not significantly impact on a residential area; and

(d) ensure call-in powers are not used to progress the large scale solar development opposite Uriarra Village.

Pursuant to standing order 84, I present the following petition from 1,128 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the proposed placing of a 40 hectare, large scale solar generator plant, 50 metres from Uriarra Village and under 100 metres from homes.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development to reject the site proposed by

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