Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2476 ..
MR MOORE (continuing):
Since that time minor amendments have been made to the financial resources section to be found on pages 46 and 47. This section was correct at the time of tabling in June, but has since been updated with the final 1997-98 financial year information. The document has been debated on several occasions. I chose to table the whole-of-Territory strategic plan for mental health in order to bring the printed version and the minor amendment to the notice of members.
MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, I present Subordinate Law No. 32 of 1998, being the Land (Planning and Environment) Regulations (Amendment) made under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and notified in Gazette No. 42 dated 21 October 1998.
MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (3.45): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on the discussion paper "A Study of Rural Residential Development in the Australian Capital Territory".
MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, today I am releasing for community consultation an independent discussion paper on rural residential development in the ACT. The community will have a period of six weeks from 30 October to 14 December 1998 in which to consider the study and make comments. The discussion paper was prepared as part of an independent study for the Territory by an expert team of planning and economic consultants, TBA Planners, in association with Spiller Gibbins Swan and Planning Australia Consultants. The study was undertaken in the context of the Assembly's resolution of 28 May 1998 supporting the Government's commitment to rural residential development in the ACT.
As well as taking the Assembly's resolution forward, the study also forms part of the implementation of the Government's response to the Rural Policy Taskforce report. In particular, it moves forward the Government's response to the task force's recommendation on rural residential development. The task force recommended that where land not set aside for long-term primary production is identified for rural residential purposes it be subject to detailed planning and environmental management policies developed in consultation with relevant parties. This discussion paper has been prepared to meet these requirements. The consultants have been diligent in their consultation with key stakeholders and they have carefully examined suitable areas outside those identified for long-term agriculture.