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Recommendation 14 states:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government investigate the possibility of establishing entertainment precincts that align with the Territory Plan zoning, taking into considerations the risks and limitations identified by the Committee.

I think entertainment precincts are a very interesting concept and one that we had the benefit of being able to explore in a bit more depth when we went to Brisbane and had a briefing by the Brisbane City Council. I think the work that they have done at Fortitude Valley is one that we can learn many lessons from. I know I personally did learn many lessons from it, and I believe the Assembly can also take on the lessons that we learnt through this report.

Not quite finally, there is recommendation 25:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government investigate the viability of extending the ACTION Nightrider service year-round on Friday and Saturday nights.

This is something that the Liberals have been calling for for some time. We believe the Nightrider bus service is one that has many positive spin-offs. There are some challenges with it as well, but we do not believe those challenges are insurmountable, and we are glad that the committee has made recommendation No 25.

I will leave it there, other than to thank all of the witnesses that came before the committee. In particular, I would like to thank the George Harcourt Inn, Sub-Urban, the Transit Bar and also the Lighthouse for facilitating our site visit. I know that the George Harcourt Inn has a unique set of problems because it is a well-established nightspot which is very close to houses. Order of occupancy principles there may well have some impact on how they do operate there. But it is worth noting that order of occupancy alone may not be the answer. It may well be a conjunction of precincts as well as order of occupancy that somehow could form a better operational environment for residents and also for businesses, so everybody knows what their rights are and what their expectations are before they actually buy into a residence or into a venture.

In conclusion, I thank the committee once again, and I look forward to the next inquiry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill 2010

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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