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Wednesday, 23 October 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.31 am and read the prayer.


MR JENSEN (10.32): I present the Interim Planning (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1991. I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

It is indeed unfortunate that this Bill has had to be brought forward today. However, given the fact that the Government has chosen to delay the introduction of the planning legislation - I emphasise that - indicating that it is not to take effect until 1 July 1992, the Residents Rally has no option but to seek to amend this legislation in the public interest.

The Government has also seen fit in recent months to approve the preparation of a number of variations to the current Territory Plan, almost all of which are development driven and not really related to an overall reassessment of the area affected by the proposed change. These draft variations, or green papers, as they are known, do not include the amount of detail required by the community to make a reasoned comment on the proposed changes. Members may recall that I have complained of this problem a number of times before and have made appropriate submissions to the Territory Planning Authority.

However, a more recent example, which was included in the nine draft variations set out at the beginning of this month, is the recent proposal to amend the plan for an area in Griffith known as the Manuka Centre. This draft variation suggests that a proposal to increase the size of the theatre and construct a multistorey car park will not have an effect on traffic in the area. I venture to suggest that anyone who visits the area as it is currently established would suggest otherwise. By way of contrast, members may recall that, when the draft variation for the Yarralumla Brickworks was prepared, a major part of that document was devoted to an assessment of the various traffic problems that the proposed development may have. This sort of detail has been lacking in recent proposals.

Another variation put forward in the group of nine is a proposal to amend the policy plan for the now vacant Kambah Health Centre in what has been known as the Kambah Centre, to allow a wide variation of uses for that building. Unfortunately, the draft proposal does not indicate that

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