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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 2015 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mediation Act - Mediation Regulations - Subordinate Law No. 29 of 1998 (No. 35, dated 2 September 1998).

Motor Traffic Act - Motor Traffic Regulations (Amendment) - Subordinate Law No. 28 of 1998 (S187, dated 24 August 1998).

Nature Conservation Act - Declaration of special protection status - No. 197 of 1998 (No. 35, dated 2 September 1998).

Tenancy Tribunal Act - Variation to the Commercial and Retail Leases Code of Practice - No. 194 of 1998 (S187, dated 24 August 1998).

Variations Nos 66 and 79 to the Territory Plan - Papers

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present, pursuant to section 29 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, variations Nos 66 and 79 to the Territory Plan relating to the Heritage Places Register, the fourth and fifth variations respectively. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, these variations are presented with the background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required. I ask for leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, the Heritage Register is a very important part of the Territory Plan. Variation No. 66 seeks to add three additional places. These are the Lennox House complex, the Uniting Church in Reid and the Tharwa Bridge.

The Lennox House complex remains as a surviving element of the Acton site of early Canberra public administration and as an integral part of the broader cultural landscape that we now know as the Acton Peninsula. It is important for its association with the earliest developments of Canberra as the nation's capital and with the successive development of Canberra and the ANU. Lennox House has social significance because of strong associations across the generations. The complex demonstrates the importance of accommodation, particularly that at low cost, in Canberra. As student accommodation, Lennox House has been a focus for increasing opportunities for women and the poor to study at the university. Lennox House is highly valued by the students and the community for its use as a high-quality, low-cost accommodation establishment which allows autonomy and lifestyle diversity for its users.

Mr Speaker, the Uniting Church in Reid has a strong association with the formative social development and early life of Canberra. It was Canberra's first church built specifically to service the needs of an urban congregation. It has been a focus for the religious and social life of the Uniting Church community of the Canberra urban area. The church is valued by the local Methodist congregation and is seen by others as a feature of the Reid landscape. The remaining original plantings contribute significantly to the landscape

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