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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3731 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

The Government has commenced work on the development of smart card technology for application across a range of services. Once available the technology could be used for transport services including taxis, as recommended by the committee. The Government will examine the taxi subsidy scheme to ensure that it better meets the needs of users. I am pleased to report that in July of this year arrangements were made for reciprocity of taxi subsidy vouchers between the ACT and other jurisdictions. That will clearly benefit eligible ACT residents and visitors. I thank the taxi industry for its support in implementing these arrangements.

This report is yet another from the Urban Services Committee. The chairman and the other members of the committee, Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell, are to be congratulated on the work that they have done here. It is pleasing that there is a good way forward for those with disabilities in the ACT and that we can, indeed, move forward together to make sure that they get the sort of access to taxis that they deserve. I commend the report to the house.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.


Papers and Ministerial Statement

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): For the information of members I present, pursuant to section 29 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, variation No. 102 to the Territory Plan, relating to the Heritage Places Register. 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 directions or reports required. I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Variation No. 102 to the Territory Plan proposes to enter a further four places on the Heritage Places Register as part of the Territory Plan. The four places are: The Kingston-Griffith housing precinct; the Blandfordia 5 precinct in Griffith-Forrest-Red Hill; the Wakefield Gardens precinct in Ainslie; and the Evans Crescent housing in Griffith.

The Griffith-Kingston housing precinct clearly demonstrates the philosophy of the garden city planning which underpinned the early planning of Canberra by the Federal Capital Commission and the Department of the Interior. The clever use of strong symmetrical patterns of subdivision planning and house placement are components of the town planning approach exemplified by this precinct.

Blandfordia 5 precinct is significant as an exemplar of the early twentieth century planned garden city suburban precinct. It demonstrates how English garden city thinking was appropriated and implemented by the Federal Capital Commission and the early

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