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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2917 ..

Wednesday, 28 August 2002

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Land auction-East O'Malley

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Ms Tucker, from 515 residents.

To the Speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The petition of certain people of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly:

The value of the 27 hectare grassy woodland at East O'Malley is well established. Successive ACT Governments have acknowledged that a high proportion of East O'Malley is a "high conservation value" remnant of a threatened ecosystem, of which "in the ACT region ... around 90%" has been cleared. These Governments have also acknowledged that woodland areas of the quality of East O'Malley are extremely rare.

Before and since the election, the ALP has promoted its vision for better planning, financial management, conservation, and community consultation outcomes. In particular it signalled that East O'Malley would not be developed until a thorough review of woodlands and grasslands had been undertaken. By auctioning the East O'Malley land, it is reneging on its commitment and signalling that it lacks the vision on which it won the election. By reversing its decision on East O'Malley, the Government will signal that it is seriously committed to the vision it presented at the last election, and is committed to finding solutions to the real problems facing Canberra.

We, the undersigned, therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to stop the proposed land auction at East O'Malley until a strategic and comprehensive framework for woodland conservation in the ACT has been developed in consultation with the community.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

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