Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (12 October) . . Page.. 2991 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
Mr Speaker, it is noted that this recommendation was made on a 2:1 decision of the committee. Mr Corbell considers that the draft variation should not go ahead, and I noted his words previously forewarning his disallowance motion for the notice paper.
I turn to the Government's response to the committee's seven other recommendations. Recommendation 1 reads:
The committee recommends that the Legislative Assembly note the petition from the Federal Golf Club that is addressed to the Speaker and Members of the Assembly and which was tabled at the public hearing conducted by the Standing Committee on Urban Services on 3 September 1999.
The Government notes the committee's recommendation to the Assembly. Recommendation 2 reads:
The Committee recommends that before making a decision on the draft Variation, the government carefully re-examine the proposed arrangements for managing the 9.2 hectares of environmentally significant land to be designated as Public Land (Nature Reserve). While accepting that the proposed arrangements give greater protection to the land than currently exists, the committee considers that the government should assess whether the area deserves the even greater protection offered by incorporating it into Red Hill Reserve.
Mr Speaker, the Government intends to incorporate the 9.2 hectares of environmentally sensitive land into the Red Hill nature reserve and will enter into negotiations with the Federal Golf Club about the management of that area. The third recommendation reads:
The committee recommends that the Urban Open Space land off Kitchener Street, Garran - at the south-western boundary of the Federal Golf Club (Section 10 Block 74, Garran) remain as Urban Open Space.
The land use policy in the Territory Plan for this area is urban open space. Any changes to this policy would require a draft variation with public consultation, consideration by the Urban Services Committee and tabling in the Assembly. The Government is not considering any variation for this area. The fourth recommendation reads:
The committee recommends that, whatever the outcome of the present draft Variation process, further housing on the Federal Golf Course should not be permitted.
That is noted. The Government notes that the revised land use policies applying to the area would not permit further housing on Federal Golf Course. Again, any change to this policy would require a draft variation with public consultation, consideration by the Urban Services Committee and tabling in the Assembly. Recommendation 5 reads: