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Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (5.10): I present the following report:
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 308—Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Area—Special Report, dated 16 October 2013, including a dissenting report (Mr Gentleman and Dr Bourke), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings and transcript of public hearings.
That the report be noted.
This special report has occurred because under House of Representatives Practice if a committee is unable to agree upon a report, it may present a special report to that effect with its minutes and transcript of evidence. The committee has been unable to agree on a report for this inquiry. Therefore, in accordance with House of Representatives Practice, the committee presents this special report to advise it has been unable to agree on a report and to present a summary of its proceedings.
I will provide the background to the inquiry. On 8 February 2013, pursuant to section 73 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Simon Corbell, referred draft variation to the territory plan No 308, Cooyong Street urban renewal area, to the standing committee for consideration and report to the Legislative Assembly.
On 8 August 2013, pursuant to standing order 246A, I, as the chair of the committee, made a statement to the Assembly to advise that the committee would present its report by 6 September 2013. On 17 September, I presented report 2, which was subsequently referred back to the committee. The committee held six public hearings, heard from 16 witnesses—members of community organisations, individuals, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Minister for Housing, as well as directorate officials.
The committee received 32 submissions which brought a wide range of issues to the committee’s attention. The committee also undertook two site visits. The committee would especially like to extend its thanks to everyone who provided information and evidence to this inquiry, including directorate officials, interested organisations and members of the community.
Madam Deputy Speaker, I will now turn to the dissenting report authored by Dr Bourke and me. This report goes into detail on the whole inquiry process, the