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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 1909 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

are set out in variation No. 64. We should not be adding to requirements for approval without going through the proper process. I would invite Ms Tucker to raise this issue with the committee. I am sure the committee would give it due consideration, because it already has a reference in front of it. But I do not believe we should be making arbitrary changes to the Territory Plan from the floor of this Assembly without referral to the planning committee of this place.

Mr Speaker, I move the following amendment, which I am sorry I have not yet circulated:

Delete all words after "land".

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.58): Mr Speaker, I call on Mr Corbell to clarify his intent with that amendment. On a first hearing of what he has suggested, it sounds reasonable. Is Mr Corbell suggesting that area master plans be prepared for all local shopping centres immediately? Is that the intent of his amendment? Are you asking for all shopping centres to have it done, whether there is any development going on there or not?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: My intention would be to indicate to the Government that the Assembly believes that the development of precinct master plans would aid the redevelopment of local centres but it should not be a requirement of the process which takes place under variation No. 64.

Mr Humphries: If no redevelopment is proposed, we do not have to go ahead with the master plan just at the moment?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I can understand the point raised by the Government - that that leaves them in a quandary as to what they should be doing. I suggest that as an alternative the Assembly refer this motion to the Standing Committee on Urban Services as part of its inquiry into variation No. 64. I think on reflection, Mr Speaker, that that would relieve any ambiguity that may result but still allow the issue to be addressed through the appropriate processes. I seek leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Reference to Urban Services Committee

MR CORBELL: I seek leave to move that this motion be referred to the Standing Committee on Urban Services.

Leave granted.


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