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intersection of Cockroft Avenue and Isabella Drive. The PA concluded that the potential impacts of the proposal on the environment have been adequately addressed.

The draft Variation was released for public comment on 24 July 2004, with comments closing on 3 September 2004. A total of three written submissions were received during that period. Minor revision was made to the variation as a result of the consultation process. The changes related to traffic assessment outcomes and the addition of the details relating to the air quality monitoring facility, which is co-located on Block 2 Section 50 Monash with the weather station.

In its Report No.1 of December 2004 the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment made two recommendations in relation to the draft Variation.

The Committee’s first recommendation was that entry and exit driveways for the complex should be very carefully sited, and a slipway should be considered for Isabella Drive and adequate signage erected in the vicinity of the proposed development. The Committee’s recommendation is noted and will be further considered during the development stage of the proposal.

The Committee’s second recommendation was that the Draft Variation No. 243 be agreed to.

Mr Speaker, I now table Variation to the Territory Plan No. 243.

Attachment 5

Document incorporated by the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Mr Speaker, it is my pleasure to table the fourth and final six monthly Progress Report on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Board of Inquiry into Disability Services in the ACT.

Since 2002, we have witnessed a fundamental shift in our approach to the provision of disability services in the ACT, an approach built on respect for the views of people with disabilities and a commitment to community partnership.

We have now implemented the majority of the Board’s Recommendations and the remainder will be advanced through Future Directions: A framework for the ACT 2004 – 2008.

Members will recall that Future Directions was released by the Chief Minister in September 2004 and followed extensive community consultation.

The document sets down a four-year course of action that will take Disability ACT beyond its immediate responsibilities arising out of the Board of Inquiry.

It provides a structure that will enable the organisation to better support people with disability, while recognising their rights to self-determination, respect, dignity and participation at all levels in the community.

The framework identifies four principal areas of focus:

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