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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 2574 ..

Report on Water Resources Bill 1998 and Amendments -
Government Response

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (3.17): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Government's response to Report No. 12 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, entitled "Water Resources Bill 1998 and amendments", which was presented to the Assembly on 29 October 1998. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, in tabling the Government's response to the report, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the committee for the work that they have done in gathering input from interested parties and providing the Assembly with their report.

The Water Resources Bill 1998 is a very important piece of legislation which will provide, for the first time, a high level of protection for the ACT's water resources, and it has been excellent that the broader community has had the opportunity to put their views to the committee. Members will note in the response that the Government will move a number of amendments to deal with the issues raised in the committee's recommendations. These amendments, together with others which the Government will move, are being circulated to members so that they will have an opportunity to consider them before the debate resumes later this week on the Water Resources Bill 1998.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Papers and Ministerial Statement

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, variation No. 67 to the Territory Plan, relating to the Federal Highway duplication. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, this variation is 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 statement.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, variation No. 67 to the Territory Plan proposes to vary the land use policies shown in the Territory Plan map to enable the duplication of the Federal Highway from Watson to the New South Wales-ACT border. The proposal will alter the road reserve in a minor way in several locations and will also enable repositioning of the Majura Road-Federal Highway intersection to a position approximately 500 metres south-east of its present location. Mr Speaker, the new intersection is proposed to be grade separated and will link Majura Road to the Federal Highway in the short term and Horse Park Drive to Gungahlin in the future. The variation also proposes to make minor changes to the alignment of Horse Park Drive.

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