Page 954 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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For these reasons, the committee does not consider that a separate inquiry would add further to the processes already under way, and the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 11-22.

Statement by chair

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.48): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to referred petitions.

Petition 16-22 entitled “Protect Callum Brae Nature Reserve” was received by the Assembly on 2 August 2022 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A.

The committee understands that a development application, DA-202138789, for a privately owned and operated crematorium on block 1, section 3, Symonston, was lodged with the independent Planning and Land Authority. The government response states that prior to the DA being lodged, environmental impact assessments were conducted to understand the potential effects of the development proposal, and two environmental significance opinions were received.

The Conservator of Flora and Fauna has advised that from an ecological perspective, block 1, section 3, Symonston has values that are consistent with being included in the reserve estate. However, the government response states that managing the site as a nature reserve would have significant challenges and require more resources than most sections of the existing reserve, as there is quite a large weed-load on the site resulting from past disturbance and likely a significant issue with rabbits. These challenges would need to be carefully considered against the potential benefits of inclusion in the reserve estate.

The DA is currently being assessed in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2007, and as DAs of this kind are a matter for the independent Planning and Land Authority, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 16-22.

Statement by chair

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.49): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to referred petitions.

Petition 18-22 entitled “40km/h Speed Zone for Canberra Avenue” was also received by the Assembly on 2 August 2022 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 18-22, 542 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to call upon the ACT government to reduce the speed limit along Canberra Avenue between Barrallier Street, Griffith, and Hume Circle, Griffith, to 40 kilometres per hour.

The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for Transport and City Services, Mr Chris Steel MLA, said:


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