Page 4443 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—Annual Report 2012/13—Regulating health practitioners in the public interest.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Beyond the Binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in the ACT—Report by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council—Revised Government response, dated November 2013.

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan—Resources needed to meet objectives, Government response pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 18 September 2013.

Planning and Development Act—variation No 305 to the territory plan

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members I present the following papers:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 305 to the Territory Plan—Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre—Jerrabomberra Block 2247, dated 21 November 2013, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Variation 305 proposes to amend the territory plan to accommodate consideration of the expansion of the existing Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre onto adjoining block 2247 Jerrabomberra. Block 2247 is currently included in the NUZ1 broadacre zone in which landfill is prohibited. Variation 305 amends the territory plan by extending the site-specific provision applying to the existing landfill land onto block 2247 to make landfill a permissible use.

There is a long-term need for a landfill facility in the ACT. ACT NOWaste has implemented many initiatives to increase recycling and resource recovery. The ACT waste management strategy aims to increase the rate of resource recovery to over 90 per cent by 2025 with no recoverable waste sent to landfill.

However, the ACT is running out of landfill space. The existing facility at Mugga Lane is anticipated to reach capacity in 2015-16. A number of options were considered before deciding to expand the existing facility. The proposal was considered to be the most efficient and effective option to accommodate the waste disposal needs of the ACT community over the next 30 years.

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