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Residents are concerned that the change in zoning to RZ3, which allows for residential development in the area, could potentially have severe implications for the current leases in the vicinity, particularly as it relates to noise restrictions. These potential noise restrictions will have an adverse effect on all other businesses within this section and pose the potential for heavy licensing restrictions or even closure.

The Harmonie German Club is the last remaining licensed club in Narrabundah and plays an important part in the social and community framework of the area. The club is located directly beside those two blocks and frequently holds live music events, including the popular Canberra Blues Society, and has been approached by at least three musical associations to use its hall as they have been forced out of Civic, Acton and even Belconnen because of noise complaints. Residents believe that, should the zoning changes go ahead, the Harmonie German Club’s existence could be in jeopardy, should noise complaints be made.

The Narrabundah ballpark, located behind block 13, is home to Canberra Cavalry, and plays host to the thousands of fans that come out to show support during their season. The change in zoning and, therefore, noise restrictions could pose a real threat to the use of this ballpark for baseball games.

The residents, having taken into consideration the needs of the current leases in the area, are therefore requesting that these two blocks are leased under the current CZ6 zoning to ensure that the land is used for purposes more compatible with the rest of section 34 Narrabundah. I would ask the government to take into consideration the views and concerns of these residents in their proposal and understand the importance of the current facilities to the community, the value that they bring and the significant impact that these zoning changes may bring.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report No 28

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 28, dated 16 February 2015, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 28 contains the committee’s comments on 60 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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