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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (31 August) . . Page.. 2618 ..


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. 137 to the Territory Plan, relating to section 86, block 2, O'Connor - Macpherson Court. 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 short statement.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, variation No. 137 to the Territory Plan proposes to change the land use policy for block 2, section 86, O'Connor from residential to residential with a B11 area specific policy overlay. The variation will enable the replacement of the Macpherson Court flat complex with an integrated development of public, private and community housing. The development is to be undertaken by Community Housing Canberra.

Mr Speaker, six submissions were received on this variation, including one from the Majura LAPAC. The Standing Committee on Urban Services considered the draft variation and, in report No. 29 of 25 August 1999, endorsed the proposal. The committee also recommended that, in view of the range of issues raised by submitters in relation to the Macpherson Court site and its environs, it be fully briefed on the section master plan for the Macpherson Court area before it is signed off. I am pleased with the degree of interest shown by the committee in relation to this matter, Mr Speaker, and PALM will provide me with regular updates in relation to the development of the master plan, which I will pass on to the committee. PALM will also be available to provide a detailed briefing to the committee.

Mr Speaker, I now table variation No. 137 to the Territory Plan for Macpherson Court at section 86, block 2, O'Connor.


Debate resumed.

MS TUCKER (3.29): The Greens will be supporting this legislation. We believe that it is a good thing to ensure that people using motor vehicles drive at or below the speed limit. I will speak also to Mr Hargreaves' proposed amendments. I understand that Mr Hargreaves wants to provide for a period in which the community would not have to pay the proposed penalty for speeding. We will not be supporting that because we believe that it is not appropriate for people to be speeding. If people are apprehended by speed cameras for speeding, so be it; they can pay the penalty for that. We are happy to support this legislation. We think that it is a useful road safety measure.

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