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The committee would like to extend our thanks to everyone who provided information and evidence to the inquiry, including directorate officials, organisations and members of the community. I would especially like to extend my thanks, on behalf of the chair, to Mr Hamish Finlay, the secretary of the committee, and for the great administrative support provided by Lydia Chung and Mr Panduka Senanayake.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Report 9

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.26): On behalf of the chair, and as deputy chair, I present the following report:

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 9—Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 327—Capital Metro—Light Rail Stage 1 Gungahlin to Civic, dated 9 June 2015, including a dissenting report (Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Madam Speaker, as you can imagine, and as I am sure others in this space can, we had an interesting discussion on capital metro, and indeed on the associated land use changes which have to be facilitated in order for the government to get their way.

The ninth report for the Eighth Assembly of the planning, environment, territory and municipal services committee did not include any recommendations. Of course, the committee was somewhat divided, as one might imagine; therefore we could not come to a view as to whether to support the variation to the minister.

I think there are many issues with the capital metro project. One of those issues—by no means the least but perhaps not the most significant—is of course what the impact will be on surrounding residents, especially along the Northbourne Avenue corridor. However, it is also relevant for Franklin, Harrison and Gungahlin residents that this government can well place an electrical substation or other ancillary piece of infrastructure pretty much anywhere within one kilometre of the proposed light rail line, and that is certainly something that is of concern to us.

I am not sure how many people in the inner north realise that they could well have an electrical substation in their front yard as a result of this territory plan variation, if it is indeed tabled today, as we expect it will be. I understand it was authorised for publication on 11 June, so it does have effect as from that date.

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