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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 2476 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

At the end of the day it was fairly clear that the committee had to consider the draft variation as it related specifically to the request to consider a B11- B12 overlay on section 86, block 2, O'Connor. On that basis, Mr Speaker, the committee has recommended that that change be endorsed by the Assembly.

However, Mr Speaker, I think it is only fair to note that, because the range of concerns about the impact of the redevelopment in relation to car parking and other matters at the O'Connor shops is considerable, the section master plan must ensure that all these issues are properly addressed. That means, Mr Speaker, and the committee has recommended this, that the Planning and Land Management Group needs to come back to the Standing Committee on Urban Services and demonstrate that those concerns have been satisfactorily addressed. Clearly, if they have not, there will be a significant problem for residents of O'Connor, Turner and Lyneham, and the inner north more generally, and it is important that that situation not be allowed to come about.

The draft variation itself is a straightforward one, but I would like to place on the record our concern, and my concern as a member of the committee, that this endorsement of the draft variation today does not, in itself, imply that all the other matters relating to the section master plan will be dealt with adequately on faith. We want to see that demonstrated. I hope that the Minister will take those comments on board when he responds, both to the draft variation report and also to the preparation of the section master plan for section 86, block 2 and the surrounding areas.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (11.03): Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) supports the proposed Australia-wide consultation strategy on the Draft Document for Reconciliation;

(2) notes that the Draft Document for Reconciliation also proposes that the following National Strategies to Advance Reconciliation be developed:

(a) a National Strategy for Economic Independence;

(b) a National Strategy to Address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disadvantage;

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