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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . .

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3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 all deal basically with matters which are not related to a specific location. They deal with how the Territory Plan documentation is expressed. We are talking about height limits being storeys and metres, for instance, and how people can understand what is in the Territory Plan.

Recommendation 4 is a recommendation which I think I was part of making back in the Seventh Assembly, when I was on the planning committee. It recommends that a draft variation of the Territory Plan, where it is proposed to append a side-by-side comparison of the existing code and the proposed code, together with an explanatory statement of the differences between the two codes, be provided to facilitate public understanding of the draft variation. There is also some commentary about accessible documents in general and timing.

So the majority of the recommendations are, in fact, about common issues. The Territory Plan variation is in consultation, and I trust that as we continue to make these recommendations the government will find itself in a position to act upon them.

One recommendation, recommendation 6, unfortunately speaks particularly to consultation, where the community simply, I think, did not understand what the government was trying to say. In recommendation 6 the committee recommends that the ACT government meet with Weston Creek Community Council to discuss the issues raised in their submission, because it appeared to us that there was not a mutual understanding of all the issues here. That is really depressing.

Getting back to the recommendations which specifically apply to Weston, we recommended that the proposed height limits be adopted and, in particular, that the ACT government deliver a new Weston Creek community centre, including a community hall, prior to the sale of the current community centre site. We also made recommendation 11 about maintaining parking provision.

As chair, I would very much like to thank everybody who provided information to the committee and gave evidence to the inquiry, including directorate officials, interested organisations and members of the community. I would like to thank my fellow members of the committee, Ms Orr, Ms Lawder—who I understand is no longer a member of the committee but was at the time—Ms Cheyne and Mr Milligan, and of course the secretary, Annemieke Jongsma. Without her hard work there would be no report. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.09): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I wish to inform the Assembly that during the applicable reporting period, 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, the standing committee considered a total


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