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If it is the will of the Assembly to introduce and debate the bill in the one sitting period it can seek a dispensation from the relevant standing order and then it is entirely possible that legislation can be passed in the November sittings. Otherwise it would be in the first sitting week in 2019. That is, of course, a matter for the Assembly and will be subject to consideration post the findings of this committee.

As I have mentioned, it will be interesting to see how two different parliamentary drafters have approached essentially the same drafting cast, but that will be revealed for the committee in due course. I commend the establishment of this select committee to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Municipal services

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (10.20): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Canberra has the second fastest growing population in Australia, with our population predicted to reach 428,000 by the year 2020;

(b) every year about 4,000 new homes are being added to our city; and

(c) our growing population means greater demand is being placed on municipal services to keep our city and suburbs neat and green and on our transport networks to keep our city moving;

(2) acknowledges that the ACT Government has announced funding in the 2018 Budget to deliver growing services for our growing city, including:

(a) growth funding to maintain the public realm and provide municipal services to new communities across Canberra including homes in both infill developments and new suburban estates;

(b) providing additional city services including mowing, lake and pond cleaning, graffiti management, weed control, tree maintenance and bus shelter cleaning;

(c) improving local playgrounds, including a participatory budgeting process led by the Better Suburbs Citizens Forum and providing ongoing maintenance of playgrounds to address high priority, high risk safety concerns in playgrounds; and

(d) planting 1,330 trees to reduce heat island effect in urban areas;

(3) further notes that the ACT Government is also delivering better town centres and encouraging an active lifestyle by providing safe and convenient active travel and transport infrastructure, including:

(a) building the Belconnen bikeway and improving pedestrian connections in the Belconnen Town Centre;

(b) providing new and improved cycle ways and streetscapes in the Woden Town Centre;

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