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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3467..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

Avenue streetscape, which is a main approach route to the city, as a condition of development approval by the National Capital Authority, and it will provide a reasonable return to the Territory for otherwise unsaleable land. The lease was granted at a current market value of $45,000 based on the following conditions: Use of the land is restricted by existing easements. No building can be erected on the site. The land is to be used for car parking, landscaping and vehicular access only, and the land is non-transferable and cannot be sold independent of block 9.

Mr Speaker, the Government believes that this application was processed in accordance with the criteria set out in disallowable instrument No. 228 of 1997, and complies with the Government's policy for direct grants. A record of all new leases and applications to vary Crown leases is available for public inspection at my department's shop front at Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street in Dickson.

NATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT COMMISSION

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MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the National Road Transport Commission report and financial statements, including the Auditor-General's report, for 1998-99, in accordance with the Commonwealth's National Road Transport Commission Act 1991.

DOMESTIC ANIMALS LEGISLATION -

EXPOSURE DRAFTS

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MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (3.38): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present an exposure draft of the domestic animals legislation which includes a draft explanatory memorandum, draft charters of responsible dog and cat ownerships, a draft code of practice for the sale of animals in the ACT and a draft regulation under the legislation. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to announce today the Government's strategic companion animal management package or, as I prefer to call it, SCAMP. I believe that SCAMP is a truly comprehensive and innovative approach to the care and management of domestic animals in the interests of the animals themselves, their owners and the broader community.

The key elements of this package are: The exposure draft Domestic Animals Bill 1999, together with the Government's draft ACT urban cat management strategy. But wait, there is more! To complement the major documentation I am also pleased to table the draft charter for responsible dog ownership, the draft charter for responsible cat ownership and the draft code of practice for the sale of animals in the ACT.


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