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where deliberate forms of abuse are common.” As always, Sue was focused on outcomes from this work, challenging people to “find solutions”, because “we don’t want to start from square 1 again”. Her ability to help find solutions in this consultation is one of the many legacies she will leave behind and something that I will miss deeply. It will be particularly significant when we debate this bill in coming weeks.

Sue’s passing is a significant loss to the Canberra community. Along with others here and people across the community, I pass on my deepest condolences to Sue’s family and her many, many friends. We have lost Sue too early, but her impact will continue for decades to come.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.


Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Planning—Weston parkland—petition 5-20

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Planning and Land Management, dated 27 July 2020, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 18 June 2020 concerning a proposed car park adjacent to Cooleman Court.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 18 June 2020 providing petition No 5-20 lodged by Ms Caroline Le Couteur regarding Block 2 Section 75 Weston (the land). The land is zoned as CFZ—Community Facilities Zone and responds to the needs identified by the community through various consultation processes.

In relation to any development applications, the process for community consultation is outlined in the Planning and Development Act 2007 (the Act). To assist in responding to the Assembly, I have sought the advice and input from the independent planning and land authority (the authority).

I am advised that a development application for the land (DA-202037191) was lodged with the authority on 20 May 2020. The development application was publicly notified from 28 May to 19 June 2020. The decision on this development application is a matter for the authority.

I am also advised that the authority received 56 representations. Petition No 5-20 forms part of the representations received during the formal public notification period. I am also informed by the authority that they are aware of the issues raised in the petition, and representations received during the public notification period will be considered as part of the authority’s assessment.

I trust this information is of assistance.

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