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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Wall, from 156 residents:

Uriarra Village—proposed solar farm—petition No 6-13

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly

This petition of certain residents of Uriarra Village in the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly plans by OneSun Capital Pty Ltd to develop a large solar farm in close proximity to our rural village, despite the overwhelming opposition of the majority of adult members of the Uriarra Village community. Our opposition is based on the loss of rural character and amenity promised in the Development Control Plan which guided the rebuilding of Uriarra Village following the devastating fires of 2003. The adverse impact of the development will also be felt by all citizens of the ACT and tourists who currently enjoy the scenic vistas of the northern view from Brindabella Road immediately in front of Uriarra Village.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development to encourage OneSun Capital to move the site of the solar farm to a site which does not adversely affect the rural character of Uriarra Village. We further request that the part of the Territory Plan which allows major utility installations to be built on rural land without regard to the interests of nearby residents, be amended to ensure a one kilometre buffer zone between such installations and residential areas.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Transport—light rail

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) experience in over 400 cities and towns worldwide has demonstrated that light rail can transform cities into more sustainable and liveable places;

(b) an investment in light rail will be transformational for Canberra and an important first step in a city-wide rapid transit system; and

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