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other rural villages affected by the January 2003 fires, there has been an increase in the size of the settlements. The Uriarra Village will be increased in size from 23 to 100 houses.

The decision for this was a combined economic responsibility as well as a desire for residents who had lost their homes to be able to return. Another consideration for expanding the number of houses in the Uriarra Village was for others in the Canberra community to live a rural lifestyle in the village. The decision to rebuild Uriarra Village was one that was considered after much consultation and enquiries, including the ACT government’s non-urban study steering committee reports entitled Shaping our territory: final report: opportunities for non-urban ACT, dated November 2003, and Shaping our territory sustainability study Uriarra Village, dated May 2004. Other reports include the finalisation of draft amendment No 34, DA 34, to the national capital plan, and the ACT government’s public environment report Uriarra Village blocks 5 and 78 Coree, dated November 2004, and the Minister for Planning’s Evaluation report of the public environment report Uriarra Village blocks 5 and 78 Coree, dated December 2004.

As committee chair, I would like to thank all those involved in the consultation process and in particular the committee office and secretary Hanna Jaireth.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 10

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.53): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 10—Draft variation to the territory plan No 236City West Commercial A Civic Centre Land Use Policies, Exemption of Preliminary Assessments and Part D—Definitions, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Draft variation to the territory plan No 236 was considered by the committee at meetings held in March 2005 and, from those meetings, the committee invited public submissions. The committee discussed the submissions received at meetings through May and early June. With the highest number of submissions being from not-for-profit organisations and community groups, it was the committee’s view that these should be considered carefully.

The committee also commends the ACT government and the ANU for working together to provide equivalent accommodation for existing City West occupants. This, along with the recommendations from the committee for concessional community rental rates, will see a cosmopolitan mix of vibrant non-government and community organisations flourish in the City West precinct.

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