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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1647 ..

formally need to move this motion. That committee can take on the reference itself. I move it because it has been practice; because it appears to me to be a sensible way to proceed and to allow everybody to order their business; and also because, if the capital works program should be available at some time when this Assembly is not sitting, then it is on the record that it is the wish of the Assembly that consideration by the standing committee should occur. I commend the motion to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan

MR LAMONT (10.57): Madam Speaker, I present report No. 12 of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Infrastructure on the draft variation to the Territory Plan entitled the draft Territory Plan, which includes attachment A, together with the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

I have this morning deliberately brought along for viewing by this Assembly the documentation associated with the work that has been done on the preparation of this variation to the Territory Plan. My colleague Ms Ellis will outline in her comments some of the activity of the ACT Planning Authority during the early part of the public consultation phase on this variation. It is the public consultation that I want to start my presentation speech with this morning. The documents in front of me on the left end of this table constitute the over 1,000 submissions that were made by members of the public, interested organisations and business houses, including sporting organisations, I might add, on what the original proposal for the Territory Plan had envisaged. We then went through a process, which again will be outlined in detail by Ms Ellis, that saw an amended draft Territory Plan presented to our committee in December last year for consideration.

I want to place on the public record that, despite comments made by one individual who appeared before the PDI Committee, we as a planning committee, having worked for five months to produce this report, have unqualified faith in the ability of the ACT Planning Authority to respond to the people of Canberra, to the ACT Executive, and to the organs of this Assembly via the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee. Their honour - and I use that word not lightly - is above reproach. They are an extremely capable and professionally well-qualified group of people who have worked tirelessly to produce this report and to respond to the issues represented to them by this committee.

Madam Speaker, I propose to go through the recommendations contained in this report in two parts. Firstly, there are 11 in-principle recommendations and 97 specific recommendations contained within this part of the report. As to attachment A, which is in the folder, the committee has gone through and amended on the green sheets which accompany this folder the draft submitted to us by the Planning Authority. Members of the Assembly and members of the community will be able to see where we have amended the plan and made recommendations by looking to the green pages and seeing the black marks in the column alongside where we have made those changes.

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