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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2213 ..

This variation implements the outcomes of the Gungahlin strategic assessment 2013 for matters of national environmental significance protected under the commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The land is to be incorporated into the Canberra Nature Park as a nature reserve by the name of Nadjung Mada. It is the 39th reserve in the Canberra Nature Park.

It is always a pleasure and a privilege, as Minister for Planning and Land Management, to be able to continue adding to Canberra Nature Park. To create this new nature reserve, variation 379 rezones Gungahlin rural block 820 and part of the Old Well Station Road track from a range of existing urban zonings under the future urban area overlay to the non-urban NUZ3 hills, ridges and buffers zone. It also replaces the future urban area overlay with a nature reserve public land overlay on the Territory Plan map.

Draft variation 379 was released for public comment between December 2020 and February 2021. It attracted four public submissions. These submissions were generally supportive of the variation and raised matters related to the future access to and management of the Nadjung Mada nature reserve. A report on consultation was prepared by the ACT Planning and Land Authority and responded to the issues raised in the submissions. Given the support for the proposal, no changes were made to the draft variation as a result of the public consultation processes.

Under section 73 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, I referred the draft variation to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services. The standing committee advised me on 15 July 2021 that it had decided not to conduct an inquiry into DV379. I approved variation 379 because it implements the recommendations of the Gungahlin strategic assessment and secures a significant area of land for the Nadjung Mada nature reserve. I have now tabled the approved variation 379 to the Territory Plan.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Youth—vaping products

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (3.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device;

(b) ingredients in e-cigarettes include e-liquids and may or may not include nicotine and other toxic contaminants. The coil of an e-cigarette releases heavy metals which are inhaled;

(c) e-cigarettes are relatively new products, and the evidence is still evolving around their health impacts, however, studies have shown negative health impacts;

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