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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4304 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

from Emu Ridge to Lake Ginninderra. I table a copy of the proposal for the interest of members and seek leave to have the speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, members may have heard me talk about the Conder wetlands proposal, which is a marvellous community environmental initiative in Tuggeranong.

Well, Mr Speaker, it seems that it's not just the people of Tuggeranong that are putting their heads together with such thoughtful proposals.

Graeme Evans of the Belconnen Community Council, who I am sure most Members know, introduced me some weeks ago to Mr Raymond Hockley, who has developed a proposal for Centenary Wetlands in the Belconnen Town Centre, from Emu Ridge down to Lake Ginninderra.

Mr Speaker, the proposal relates to Sections 143 and 150 of Emu Ridge, and suggests the construction of an artificial wetlands.

Mr Speaker, this work will be examined closely in the work currently underway into the Belconnen Town Centre Masterplan.

I'd also encourage the Community Council to do some consultation throughout the areas that will be directly affected by the proposal, because there is an issue about the existing oval Emu Ridge and its desgree of usage.

The proposal contains an interesting mix of environmental controls and aesthetics, and Mr Hockley should be congratulated for the level of work that has gone into this very well thought-through proposal.

My congratulations also to the Belconnen Community Council for their commitment to Belconnen and the environment in supporting this plan.

With the leave of the Assembly, I would like to table a copy of the Proposal.

MR SMYTH: Last night, Mr Hargreaves gave an unusual thumbnail sketch of Tuggeranong and I would like to refute just about everything that he said in it. Over the past five years the Carnell Government has put in facilities ranging from community art centres to police stations. We have got employment up and unemployment down. We are building a tremendous city in its own right in Tuggeranong. I have prepared a speech which is a true and accurate picture of the events in one of Canberra's largest areas and I seek leave to have it incorporated in Hansard as well.

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