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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 1907 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I believe, however, that this process of precinct planning will lead to much better outcomes for residents around these centres and will hopefully reduce the disputes and appeals that could arise when specific development proposals are put forward, which I am sure the Government and developers would like. Mr Rugendyke, I am sorry that you are not able to listen to my arguments.

Mr Rugendyke: I am listening.

MS TUCKER: Good. I look forward to hearing your comment on my arguments in your response. This is the expectation with the section master plans in the inner north, and it should equally be the case for my proposed precinct master plans in commercial areas. The development of these precinct master plans makes good planning sense, and I commend my motion to the Assembly. Otherwise, we have lost a golden opportunity to assist our declining local shops to become the popular, attractive and well-planned centres that they have the potential to be and that Mr Smyth has often said he wants to see them be. Mr Smyth has already said that he embraces the concept of the section master plans for residential development. All this motion does is ask for a more holistic approach to planning of commercial centres, using exactly the same principle, so I will be very disappointed if I do not get support from the Government on this issue.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (10.50): While you are still here, Ms Tucker, I ask you whether you consulted with the shopping centre people right around Canberra to see whether they wanted to do this.

Ms Tucker: Yes.

MR MOORE: No, you did not. This is the same Ms Tucker who always talks about consultation but the irony is that in one of the most serious motions that were considered today she did not consult with one member of the Government. So much for her attitude to public and/or any other consultation. It seems to me that the work that is already in place and done by the Government resolves all of these issues very well, and the last thing we need is a motion like this which will undermine small business.

Debate interrupted.


Motion (by Mr Berry ) agreed to:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of this sitting.


Debate resumed.

MR CORBELL (10.52): Mr Speaker, I have had some brief discussions with Ms Tucker's office about this motion.

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