Page 4271 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2005

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Thursday 17 November 2005

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


MR SPEAKER: I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of 75 year 5 students from St Francis of Assisi, Calwell. Thanks for being with us today.


The following petition was lodged for presentation by Mr Corbell, from 101 residents:

Glebe Park Development

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory

This Petition of certain residents of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory,

Draws to the attention of the Legislative Assembly that

A Development Application has been made (200404901) for the construction of a 4 block 8 storey high residential complex of 189 units, adjoining Glebe Park on the former Glebe Park Food Court site.

Your petitioners are concerned that:

a. The amenity of Glebe Park and the Reid heritage precinct will be adversely affected if this proposal proceeds.

b. Use of the land for residential purposes is inappropriate given the proximity of Glebe Park.

c. Extension of Glebe Park to include all or part of this land deserves serious consideration.

d. Acquisition of the land by the ACT government for addition to the National Convention Centre site, also deserves serious consideration.

Your petitioners therefore request the Legislative Assembly to

• ensure that the land is developed for the benefit of the community and of Glebe Park and not for private residential accommodation purposes AND therefore to

• oppose the Development Application AND to take all steps to ensure that the Development Application is not approved.

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