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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3273 ..

MS DUNDAS (continuing):

I do not believe that a land swap would result in uncertainty, as the government has said. I believe that it would result in a good outcome for the community, who will know that their voice is being heard, and for the environment in terms of protecting this very important part of our ecological system that supports native wildlife, and would allow for greater consideration of further development in the Belconnen area, especially on the blocks of land that have been cited today as possible areas for a land swap.

I thought we had a commitment to protecting our environment and I thought we had a commitment to listening to the community. I hope that that will be evidenced by support by members of this motion today.

Question put:

That Ms Dundas' motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

	Ayes 9  			Noes 8

Mrs Burke	Mr Pratt	Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan
Mr Cornwell	Mr Smyth	Mr Corbell  	Mr Stanhope
Mrs Cross	Mr Stefaniak	Ms Gallagher  	Mr Wood
Ms Dundas	Ms Tucker	Mr Hargreaves  
Mrs Dunne			Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion agreed to.

Motor sport facility-Majura Valley

MR STEFANIAK (3.38): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the ACT Government to build a motor sport facility, including a dragway, in the Majura Valley.

Canberra is blessed with many wonderful sporting facilities. Some of those have come at a cost, but they have provided immense benefit to the people of the territory, immense entertainment for the tens of thousands of spectators who go to various activities, and immense satisfaction for the many people who participate in those sports. We have the reputation of being a very good sporting capital. In fact, governments of all persuasions have trumpeted that and prided themselves on it.

Sadly, one of the major sports does not have terribly good facilities, that is, motor sport. I recall that in the early 1990s there were real fears, mainly as a result of the pretty awful push against Fairbairn Park of some people in the environment department, that motor sport could die in the territory. Luckily, that did not apply. Some improvements were made during the term of the government of which I was a member and a reasonable regime-not perfect, but reasonable-has now been established there. Of course, we all know of the saga of the dragway and the fact that the site near the airport is closed and has been since the end of 1998.

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