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Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 17—Wildlife corridors and DV231—East Gungahlin suburbs of Kenny and Throsby and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, dated 22 November 2005, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.
MR GENTLEMAN: I move:
That the report be authorised for publication.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR GENTLEMAN: I move:
That the report be noted.
I have tabled in the Assembly today the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment on the draft variation No 231 of the territory plan. The minister referred a copy of the draft variation 231 to the committee for consideration and report in May this year. The committee considered DV231 at meetings through June, July, August, September, October and November. We believe this variation to the territory plan may have a deep impact on the ability of future generations to enjoy their native environment here in Canberra, and so I am pleased that we were able to take a lengthy period of time to consider it.
There were many submissions received, with the majority of submissions commending the declaration of the Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves. A number of submissions we received expressed concern over the proposed development of land adjacent to Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves, also commonly referred to as “the neck”. These submissions clearly called for a reduction in size of the residential development in the suburb of Throsby so as not to impact on the nature corridor. The committee is of the view that the ACT Planning and Land Authority review the boundaries of the suburb of Throsby and redraw them back towards Horse Park Drive so as to reduce the impact of residential development on the native corridor.
This recommendation has not been made lightly and is in line with the intergenerational equity principle. This is an important principle, which must be taken into account in the development of land use polices impacting on the Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves. This principle helps to ensure that the economic interests of the present generations do not outweigh the rights and interests of future generations to have biodiversity conserved in an effective way.
Although the committee has recommended this, we are aware of the financial impact on the territory of reducing the residential development in the suburb of Throsby. The committee also notes the technical evaluation of the preliminary assessment by ACTPLA and their recommendations that 231 contain principles and policies which provide for