Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 3319 ..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hird, from 315 residents, requesting that the Assembly, in relation to development application DA 98 4473 in Melba, scrutinise it in a transparent and open manner and ensure that due process is observed to guarantee that the interest of all members of the community is served and amend the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and associated regulations to ensure that the Government is accountable for any and all decisions made under these provisions.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:
The following residents of the ACT wish to draw to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly, the following issues regarding DA 98 4473 on Block 8, Section 50 of the Division of Melba. The development is oversized, intrusive and will have a negative impact on adjoining parkland and change the character of the area. It is being pushed through in an underhanded and covert manner.
We believe all residents of the ACT should have the right to determine the character of their neighbourhood, and the government should not be allowed to hide behind the confidentiality provisions (Regulation 11AA and Schedule 4) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Regulations.