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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 201..

MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

whether they should be given enhanced protection because of their public space values or whether the existing land use policy should be retained.

The committee has taken on board all of the submissions made by stakeholders and interested constituents and responded well in this report. This is something the committee works hard at, with not only this variation but all variations to the territory plan. This is apparent as we have stated in the report that the categories of land considered during the project included:

  • land designated in the territory plan as subject to urban space land use policy, which includes pedestrian ways, sports grounds, parks and some other landscaped spaces. These tend to be areas for recreation, environmental protection and amenity, stormwater drainage and minor public utilities.

  • hills, ridges and buffer areas under the territory plan-and hills, ridges and buffer spaces under the national capital plan-which are protected areas that conserve the environmental integrity and landscape views of Canberra's hills.

They can be used for recreation, cultural and natural heritage and biodiversity protection, buffer areas, education and research, utilities and agriculture. I would again like to thank those who were involved in the process for this recommendation and report, and in particular our secretary, Hanna Jaireth. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs performing the duties of a scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation committee.

The committee met yesterday, briefly, to consider the Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment Bill 2006, which the government introduced on Tuesday and is to be debated later on this morning. The committee offers no comment on it. This bill will amend the Human Rights Commission Act 2005 to repeal a provision that the act commence on 1 March 2006 and insert instead a provision for the act to commence on a date to be fixed by the minister by written notice. A number of consequential amendments are also proposed.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Statements by chair

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee: the review of the Auditor-General's report No 1 2005: Management of government grants to the ACT Multicultural Council Inc and the review of the Auditor-General's report No 3 2005: Reporting on ecologically sustainable development.

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