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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3817..

Wednesday, 18 August 2004

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Cornwell, from 215 residents:

School speed zone


The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the absence of a 40 km school speed zone on Strangways Street Curtin is placing the students of Holy Trinity School in danger when arriving and departing from school.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT government to as soon as possible place a 40 km school zone on Strangways Street Curtin to ensure the safety of the students of Holy Trinity Primary School Curtin.

The clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Land (Planning and Environment) (Unit Developments) Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 30 June 2004, on motion by Ms Tucker:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning) (10.33): Let me say that while the government has some sympathy for the sentiments behind this bill, we will not be supporting it. This bill has the potential to create poor planning outcomes and poorly built form outcomes. It will create a de facto taxation regime and could and probably would have adverse impacts upon the ACT economy.

The bill seeks to impose both mandatory inclusion zonings through the proposed requirement to provide affordable housing and a mandatory development levy through the proposed requirement to transfer completed properties to the government or make an equivalent financial contribution to affordable housing funds. This bill will require the ACT Planning and Land Authority to grant a lease authorising use of land for major unit development only if the lessee has entered into an agreement with the territory to dedicate at least 10 per cent of the development to provide affordable housing.

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