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Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 4 2005—Courts Administration, dated 20 September 2005.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning, and Acting Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Acting Minister for Women and Acting Minister for Industrial Relations) (3.37): I ask for leave to move a motion to authorise publication of Auditor-General’s report No 4 of 2005.

Leave granted.


That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Auditor-General’s Report No 4 2005.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Local retail and community services

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (3.38): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the vital importance of retail and community services to the social fabric of our suburbs;

(2) supports a planning regime which strengthens the viability of local shops and schools;

(3) rejects intense residential development of core areas in suburbs that lack shops, schools and community facilities; and

(4) calls on the ACT government to:

(a) commit to building and supporting the viability of local centres; and

(b) make that commitment one of the terms of reference for its review of Variation No 200 to the Territory Plan.

I would like to start by quoting from an article in the Sydney Morning Herald on the weekend of 23-24 July. In reporting on a report released by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources in that state, called Which Sydney suburbs work, the author of the article says that the report says:

… ditch almost every planning principle that has been in vogue in Sydney for the past 15 years. Tomorrow’s neighbourhoods, say the planners who are plotting hundreds of new suburbs for 160,000 people, will draw on features from some of our oldest towns and villages in an effort to bring back life and safety. And they will aim to replace what has become an insular, fortress mentality of many residents.

It is a back-to-the-future policy that aims to re-create village squares amid a mix of developments. Schools will be near shops, and walking encouraged over driving.

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