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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1550..


Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 31

MR STEFANIAK: I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 31, dated 11 April 2003, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, Scrutiny Report No 31 contains the committee's comments on nine bills, four pieces of subordinate legislation, and one government response. The report was circulated to members out of session. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 14

MR HARGREAVES (10.40): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report No 14-Draft Variation No 175 to the Territory Plan-Industrial B3 Land Use Policies-Industrial Area Policies and Definitions: Fyshwick, Symonston, Mitchell and Hume, dated 16 April 2003, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

The report was circulated to members out of session. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, I have presented the report on variation 175 to the Territory Plan which was tabled out of session on 16 April 2003. The committee cannot recommend draft variation 175 to the Assembly. It is strongly of the view that draft variation 175 failed to adequately take account of commercial trends and possible community developments in these industrial areas.

The committee feels that draft variation 175 was weak on strategic analysis, overlooked fundamental environmental considerations, was narrowly focused, lacked analysis of co-relational aspects across adjacent areas or areas to be serviced, and lacked consistency or clarity in terms of the long-term intended planning outcomes to cater for, say, 10 years down the track.

The committee's overall conclusions are articulated in chapter 7 of the report and these are drawn to the attention of the Assembly. It is the hope of the committee that the recommendations contained in this report will be accepted and implemented in the near


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