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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

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 Corbell, from 68 residents:

Hackett rezoning—petition No 6-16

The Speaker and Members of The ACT Legislative Assembly

We, the residents of Bragg St Hackett and near neighbourhood, request consultation regarding re-zoning and high-density development after demolition of Mr Fluffy houses. Bragg St consists of just 31 houses; 4 in the street contain Mr Fluffy insulation, and there are more in the near vicinity.

The Mr Fluffy crisis can be an opportunity for high-quality planning and consideration of the needs of local communities. Multiple occupancy developments that cover the block with houses, driveways and prominent garages, leaving no space for any garden, are environmentally disastrous ‘hot spots’ that destroy the consistency of green streetscapes and impact on the wellbeing of communities.

Leafy Bragg Street has old street trees, established gardens and is renowned as friendly and communal, with many long-term residents. Regular get-togethers in the local park attract large numbers, cement friendships and welcome newcomers.

We care for our streetscape and our community. We are grieving the loss of valued residents through the Mr Fluffy crisis. We are anxious about the impact on the character of our area.

We petition the Asbestos Taskforce and the ACT government to:

Consult with our neighbourhood in a timely manner about proposed re-zoning after demolition of Mr Fluffy houses.

Protect the character of streetscapes through restriction of envelope and location of building on site, limitation of concrete pads and assurance of garden set-backs and conservation of street trees, consideration to neighbours with heights and scale of developments.

Plan replacement developments that enhance community interaction and wellbeing and promote energy efficiency and conservation.

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.

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