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spent years and years trying to build up Australian rules here in Canberra, would have been heartened by even a passing reference in the Minister's statement to the effect that the Government will support this game. I am sure that it was only an omission and I am sure that the Minister intended to say that he is totally supportive of the game of Australian rules and that he intends to discuss with the promoters of the game here ways by which the Government might be able to engender some support for this game.

Debate (on motion by Mr Osborne) adjourned.


Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Yowani Golf Club

MR MOORE (4.26): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 1 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment on the draft variation to the Territory Plan for Lyneham, section 67, block 1, known as the Yowani Golf Club, together with a copy of the extracts from the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to you, Mr Speaker, for circulation on Friday, 26 May 1995, pursuant to the resolution of appointment. I move:

That the report be noted.

The first report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment is an important report. It indicates a fairly significant change in the planning of the Territory, particularly planning in terms of the Territory Plan. I begin by drawing members' attention to paragraph 34 of the report of the committee, which reads:

The committee considers this illustrates the crying need for a broad strategic planning overlay to ACT planning legislation and to the Territory Plan so that the Government and public can readily appreciate where one-off developments such as the one currently before the committee may be placed. The committee gives notice that it will be moving to ensure that such a broad strategic view of planning is prepared.

In other words, in looking at the series of variations to the Territory Plan, there has never been any reference point for approval of such variations to the Territory Plan; rather, they have been done on a general sense of where the Territory should be going. By and large, the Assembly's former committee - the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee - has actually handled rather well, in the vast majority of cases, that sense of where the Territory is going, which is something that many of us have shared. But it is quite clear that it did at times get us into strife and into quite strident debate.

There were a number of other issues raised during this inquiry. One of the most significant of those was to do with the lease. (Quorum formed) The issue of lease administration and the loss of value on this lease was also of great concern to the committee. The committee’s advice was that the betterment payable would be approximately $2.5m, if this lease were valued at a 50 per cent betterment rate.

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