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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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College (BCC) for construction of a sports pavilion and associated parking. Authorisation was provided to enable the DA to be assessed on its merits, as the proposal was seen to have potential mutual benefit for a range of stakeholders (three adjoining schools, sporting groups and the wider community).

After a community forum on 20 November 2014, highlighted a range of concerns about the DA, including a lack of community consultation, the BCC withdrew its DA on 21 November 2014.

BCC then worked closely with Sport and Recreation Services (SRS), to revise its proposal to address community concerns and, as part of this work, SRS prepared a draft Lyneham Community Precinct Strategy (draft strategy). The Lyneham Community Association (LCA) was consulted throughout this process.

The revised proposal and draft strategy were presented at a second public forum on 17 June 2015, which I attended. Many who attended the June meeting had also attended the November 2014 forum and remained concerned about the proposal.

Noting ongoing concern voiced by some members of the community, I asked SRS to facilitate further consultation to provide the best opportunity for all Lyneham community members to be informed of the proposal and have a say. This included an ACT Government Survey that was open from 20 August to 11 September 2015.

On 15 September 2015, and after careful consideration of feedback from the Lyneham community, I confirmed that the ACT Government would not endorse the lodgement of a revised development application by the BCC to build a Sports Pavilion and associated facilities on LNO.

MR WALL (Brindabella): Madam Speaker, I seek leave to make a brief statement in regard to the tabling of my petition.

Leave granted.

MR WALL: The petition that has been tabled here today has been signed by 2,619 residents of Canberra and also a great number of residents from across the border who fundamentally support local businesses. In the case of this petition, this support is aimed directly at newsagents, lottery kiosks and specialty businesses which currently sell and promote lottery products here in the territory. I note that some of the owners of these businesses are here in the chamber today, and I thank them for their presence and for the great work they have done in speaking with their customers and for actually having a proper consultation on what the community expects in this space. It is also important to note that many of them have probably already worked a full day before they walked in here today. That is the kind of hard work and effort that these people put into their small businesses on a daily basis.

This petition highlights community expectations in terms of how lottery products are sold and promoted, and who sells them. Members will recall that I tabled a bill in this place last month outlining legislative changes aimed at preventing the rollout of the sale of lottery products from ACT petrol stations, legislation that, if supported, would prevent the corporate giants from taking over in this space, a move that would


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