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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (12 March) . . Page.. 949 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

of "published matter"into clause 4 of the bill. The amendment will clarify the use of the term in the second amendment, and is consistent with the term as defined in section 56 of the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Kippax-master plan

MS DUNDAS (4.00): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the Government to complete a master plan for Kippax by the end of the 2003-2004 financial year, and to fix a firm date for beginning the construction of a permanent Kippax Library and community facility.

Mr Speaker, the people who live around the Kippax Group Centre have been waiting a long time for an appropriate planning regime for their shops. Kippax has become something of a political football over the past few years, as members of this Assembly have continued to make claims, and counterclaims, about the needs of residents in the area. However, the result has been that nothing has happened. Planning in Kippax has virtually stalled and the long-promised library and community centre has yet to come to fruition.

The fact that the Assembly must continue to urge the government to act on planning issues outside of central Canberra-specifically the inner north and inner south-is indicative of the disproportionate attention the inner city is receiving. I appreciate there are distinctive issues and high levels of development in the inner city, but that is not an excuse for ignoring the planning needs of the rest of the territory.

This motion calls on the government to ensure that the master planning process occurs in the next financial year. I believe the people around Kippax deserve a planning process that has a specified finish date. They can then begin to understand the timeframe of the process, rather than get just another open-ended promise. I believe the people of West Belconnen deserve the same attention in planning that the minister has been paying to central Canberra.

Secondly, my motion calls on the government to set a firm location and date for construction of the Kippax library and community facility. I have not set the date. When we had this discussion last year, throughout the media there was, if memory serves, a promise that the library would be upgraded. However, there was no date given for that and we are now here, another year later, with still no firm time line.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region. It is also an important meeting place for other Aboriginal peoples. We respect their continuing cultures and value the contribution they make to life in the ACT.