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tribute to my colleagues—Ms Porter, who was a member of the committee and the deputy chair of the committee until November 2009, Ms Hunter and yourself, Mr Assistant Speaker, as the deputy chair—Lydia Chung, from the secretariat, and a long list of committee secretaries.

It might seem that we are careless with our committee secretaries, but they all have good reasons for not being here now. Mr Hamish Finlay moved to Canada. Mr Derek Abbott came and filled in a gap, as Derek is wont to do. Dr Hanna Jaireth was the committee secretary for quite a lengthy period of time. Our current committee secretary, Mr Brian Lloyd, has brought this report together and put it in such good shape. However, I did notice a typo after all of that. I pay tribute to the Assembly library: Siew Chin Scholar and Chiew Yee Lim have provided particular and consistent assistance with research and the literature search that accompanied this. I pay tribute to them for their hard work. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services

Report 10

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (12.13): I present the following paper:

Report 10 of the Standing Committee on Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services entitled Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2009-2010 together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

First off, I would like to thank my fellow committee members and in particular Ms Porter, who as chair of the committee should be presenting the report but unfortunately she is still off for medical reasons. I wish her the speediest of recoveries. I also wish to thank Mr Coe and the secretariat, Mrs Nicola Kosseck and Ms Lydia Chung, for their hard work in preparing this report.

Each year when we are doing the report on planning, public works and territory and municipal services we simply do not have long enough. It is a really big area. We could spend weeks and weeks on it. But unfortunately, or possibly fortunately from the point of view of the public servants that we talk to, we do not have weeks and weeks to spend on it. I will just quickly go through the recommendations and highlight some of the reasons why we talked about them.

Our first recommendation was about the Heritage Council backlog. The disappointing thing is that we keep on having to make almost the same recommendation. There is still a heritage backlog and this is going to become possibly more and more of an issue, and particularly I am thinking of the Northbourne Avenue precinct which has a considerable number of heritage listed properties in it. We need to work out some way of getting heritage listing done a little bit more quickly.

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