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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 2989 ..

MR HIRD (continuing):

We had 16 inquiries current at the time this report was prepared and some have tight deadlines set by this parliament. We feel that we have to do something different to cope with this pressure, so we are changing the format of our reports. We are putting out conclusions and recommendations right at the front of our reports, where they are readily visible, and we are shortening our analytical material in the body of the report. We welcome feedback on this style of reporting.

Thirdly, we point out that several public works committees are pushing the bounds of what public works committees traditionally do. They are increasingly considering environment issues as well as issues associated with whether the proposed works represent value for money. Fourthly, our report gives examples of the diverse range of inquiries being conducted by parliamentary public works and environment committees around Australia at the moment.

Finally, on behalf of my members, Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell, and of the secretary, Mr Rod Power, I wish to thank our host committee for their splendid hospitality. I also wish to thank the Tasmanian Governor and his wife for hosting a delightful reception for delegates at Government House in Hobart. The parliament must not forget that these types of meetings give committees such as ours the opportunity to meet members of similar committees from around Australia and, in some cases, from overseas. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn. We believe that some of the areas that I have outlined may well assist not only this committee, but also other committees in their workloads and their reporting systems. I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Charnwood Section 96

MR HIRD (4.12): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 33 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 116 relating to Charnwood section 96", together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. This report was provided to you as Speaker for circulation on 29 September this year. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, the draft variation proposes to vary the Territory Plan by changing the current boundaries of the residential and urban open space land use policy areas and adding a defined land overlay. This will facilitate redesign of the subdivision's original Radburn planning. The committee obtained copies of, and took into account, three submissions to PALM in April-May of this year. On 24 September of this year, the committee conducted a public hearing in relation to this matter. Officers of PALM briefed the committee. No member of the public asked to address the committee on this subject. On 28 September 1999, the committee deliberated in private and resolved on the recommendation outlined in this report. I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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