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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4160 ..


Finally, I will also mention that the bill includes two consequential amendments. The Public Baths and Public Bathing Act 1956 is proposed to be renamed as the Public Bathing Act 1956, since it will now regulate only public bathing areas outside of public pools such as Casuarina Sands. The bill also makes some amendments to the Uncollected Goods Act 1996 relating to lost property and items left at public pools. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Doszpot) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (10.49): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present the Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.

The bill that is before the Assembly today is designed to smooth the way for the timely delivery of the capital metro light rail project. Because this project is critical to the future of our city, it is essential that we deliver this project as soon as possible. The bill will amend the Planning and Development Act 2007 to remove potential legal and administrative delays to the project and enable the government to deliver it. The bill does this by proposing changes to the territory plan variation and development assessment process and putting in place certain restrictions on ACAT merit review and Supreme Court review rights.

It will assist the government to progress a project of great significance to the territory by fast-tracking the construction and completion of the capital metro light rail project. The capital metro light rail project is an important initiative of this government. It will deliver a number of benefits to the Canberra community. The provision of light rail infrastructure will create alternatives to car travel, and reduce personal vehicle operating costs. Transport currently accounts for about 22 per cent of the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions. The capital metro light rail project will provide a more sustainable alternative to car travel, and reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions from petrol engines. The project will create jobs. Ernst & Young’s report Capital metro: job creation analysis found that the project would stimulate the ACT economy. The report estimated that more than 3,500 jobs will be created during the construction of stage 1 of the capital metro project.


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