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5.Furthermore this breach of the publicly advertised timing of parking space closures has placed unacceptable pressure on parking availability for visitors and workers in the Civic area and has certainly not “boosted available parking spaces in the short term”.

The petitioners therefore request the Assembly require QIC to create additional temporary surface car parking (at least 250 places), and/or other measures to alleviate the current parking situation in the Bunda St area, to be made available till the Precinct B underground parking is open.

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

Lower Cotter catchment—restoration

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.32): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Environment ACT last week halted forestry operations in the Lower Cotter catchment; and

(b) the statement by the Minister for the Environment that he will continue with the current planting in the Lower Cotter catchment; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(c) immediately halt all forestry operations until the matter has been reviewed by the Legislative Assembly; and

(d) table, before the adjournment of the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 10 March 2005, all advice provided to the Shaping Our Territory Group and all advice tendered to the Government concerning the restoration of land in the Lower Cotter catchment.

Mr Speaker, this is a motion about failure. It is about failure to consult, it is about failure to listen and it is about the failure of this government to really take into account the benefits and the adversities of their actions in relation to the lower Cotter catchment.

There has been a lot said, in the last week or so in particular, about forestry in the lower Cotter catchment, but there has also been a lot said in this place since the devastating fires of 2003. We are here today debating this issue because of another failure: the failure on 8 January 2003 to put out fires that eventually burnt through these pine forests and so devastated the best water catchment in this country and probably the world.

What we have to remember is that, before the devastating fires of 2003—and we all admit that they were devastating; we had a press release from the Chief Minister the other day reinforcing just how devastating they were—we had some of the best water

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