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b. use of new billboard technology; and

c. potential to enliven urban areas;

4. Ways in which elements of billboard advertising could be regulated in the ACT to limit environmental or aesthetic impact, including number, size, location, advertising periods and content; and

5. Any other relevant matter.

The committee will report to the Assembly by the last sitting day of October 2017.

I seek leave to make some brief comments on my own behalf, not as a chair’s statement.

Leave granted.

MS LE COUTEUR: I very briefly want to comment on these two inquires, both very different but both having merit. The billboards inquiry is going to be covering signage as well. This morning I was told that a deal had been done such that Manuka Oval is now going to be called University of Canberra Oval, which, I must say, is one of the stupidest deals I have ever heard of, there being 20 kilometres between the two. This was probably relevant, I thought, in that this inquiry will look into signage as well. We do have issues with things like that. All it will do is confuse the community—me, for one. The billboards inquiry, we all hope, will be a comparatively brief inquiry and we intend to report by the last sitting day of October.

The first inquiry, though, as every member of the committee is well aware, is a significant inquiry. That is why we have a date at the end of next year to report. The issues to be dealt with in this inquiry, I am sure every member knows, are of considerable concern to all of our constituents, all the residents of Canberra. Personally, one of the things that I would like to achieve out of my presence in this place for this term is that Canberra develops in a more long-term, sustainable manner—sustainable economically, socially and environmentally. I am sure this is what we all want, and I look forward to the opportunity for the planning committee and the people of Canberra to have a forum to discuss some of these issues and hopefully get better resolution to some of them.

City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2017

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.08): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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