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Tuesday, 20 September 2005

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Stefaniak, from 1032 residents:

Car parking—Nicholls

To the Speaker and the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory. The petition of certain members of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly community concerns about the insufficient number of car parking spaces available for patrons at the Nicholls Shopping Centre. The traders at this centre are constantly losing business because of the lack of car parking spaces. The situation is even worse of an evening and restaurant owners confirm the parking situation is so critical they will be forced to close their businesses unless urgent steps are taken to provide more car parking spaces.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to take all necessary steps to increase and improve the Nicholls Shopping Centre car park before traders are forced into recession.

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

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 15

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.32): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 15—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No 238—Macquarie Hotel Redevelopment Section 27 Barton, dated 5 September 2005, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I table in the Assembly today the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, DV 238. Draft variation to the territory plan 238 was considered by the committee at meetings held between July and August 2005. At the meeting held on 12 July 2005, the committee as a whole decided to invite public submissions by way of public advertisements and correspondence. The committee met ith a number of interested parties in relation to this variation to the territory plan,

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