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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2095 ..


As I outlined in my speech in reply, this is a minor and technical amendment that better clarifies what constitutes infrastructure of the streetlight network.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 23 March 2017, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.14): I am pleased to rise today to speak about the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. This is the second PBELAB that has been brought to the Assembly this year. It is an omnibus bill that enables comparatively minor matters to be dealt with expediently, and consolidates amendments into one place with the intention of making the amendment process more user-friendly and accessible. Note there the use of the word “intention”.

The bill proposes minor policy amendments to the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 and the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The bill also proposes a number of technical and editorial amendments to the following legislation: the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, the Electricity Feed-In (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, the Electricity Feed-In (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Heritage Act 2004, the Nature Conservation Act 2014, the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Public Place Names Act 1989, the Water Resources Act 2007 and the Water Resources Regulation 2007.

I will briefly run through some of the changes.

Part 2, which relates to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, creates a mechanism for the minister to table the Climate Council annual report when the report is published during an election period.

Part 3, which relates to the Electricity Feed-In (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, amends the definition of “Australian capital region” to include the ACT and areas defined in regulation. This is because New South Wales council mergers have led to some name changes. These councils with name changes are listed in the regulation and appear to cover the same areas.

Part 4, which relates to the Electricity Feed-In (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, corrects the legislation to refer to the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act rather than the Utilities Act.


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