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MR BERRY (Minister for Health and Minister for Sport): For the information of members I table the 1990-91 annual report of the Radiation Council.

MR WOOD (Minister for Education and the Arts and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): Mr Speaker, for the information of members I table:

ACT Decade of Landcare Plan, December 1991.

National Plan of Action for Women in TAFE - National Plan.

 ACT Implementation Plan 1992-94.

Department of Education and the Arts - Report for 1990-91.

Report on the Environmental and Heritage Aspects
of Rural Leases

MR MOORE (3.02): Mr Speaker, I present the report of the Standing Committee on Conservation, Heritage and Environment on the environmental and heritage aspects of ACT rural leases, together with extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

On 10 May 1991, the Conservation, Heritage and Environment Committee resolved, on the motion of Mrs Robyn Nolan, to inquire into and report on the environmental and heritage implications for rural areas of the ACT of lease allocations, leasing conditions and tenure provisions, land use controls exercised by the ACT Administration, and provisions for the resumption of land by the administration, to the extent to which the standard of maintenance of rural leaseholds and homesteads is affected by lease conditions, and any related matters which may arise.

Following that initiative of Mrs Nolan, I think it is worth pointing out to the Assembly that she ceased being a member of the committee on 21 June 1991, but the committee proceeded with this report and now has pleasure in presenting it to the Assembly. It is really the first broad look at the rural environment since the area was settled over 150 years ago. Rural land in the ACT is held in three primary ways - under a lease, under a licence or under agistment. The committee has looked at the way in which leases are held and has reported accordingly.

I think it is important at this stage to point out, Mr Speaker, that the committee did not see its role as representing the interests of rural leaseholders, although we had a great number of submissions and many approaches from people who hold those leases. The committee's

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