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and context have been referred to the ACT Planning and Land Authority for consideration in preparing future draft variations.

The committee’s second recommendation concerned Environment ACT working with interested community stakeholders to restore woodland habitat in the Mount Mugga Mugga nature reserve as a matter of priority. This recommendation supports the government’s existing commitment to restore woodland habitat in cooperation with local community stakeholders. The government’s capital works associated with rehabilitation of the existing creek erosion will assist in providing a stabilised creek bed and removing woody weeds. This will be further enhanced by the proposed water quality control pond in the area. When the current works have stabilised, and the extent of natural regeneration becomes clear, it will be possible to assess the need for any further restoration works.

The committee’s third recommendation concerned possible community interest in, and Environment ACT support for, establishment of a new park care group for the Mount Mugga Mugga nature reserve. The ACT’s park care coordinator has commenced discussions to set up this group and it will be ready to operate in the near future. Environment ACT will provide support to the group and will involve the group members in the assessment of restoration works required.

The committee’s fourth recommendation was to agree to draft variation 209. This recommendation is supported.

Territory plan—variation No 248

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following approval of variation to the territory plan:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 248 to the Territory Plan—Aged Care Facility Hughes—Part Block 12 Section 28 Hughes, dated 7 March 2005, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required

In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with the background papers and copies of the summaries and reports. I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Draft variation No 248 proposes to vary the territory plan for part block 12 section 28 from urban open space to community facility land use policy. Through the building our ageing community strategy, the government has made a strong commitment to making land available to meet the accommodation needs of Canberra’s ageing population. This variation provides a further opportunity to deliver on this commitment and provide aged care accommodation solutions.

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