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Thursday, 28 March 1985
Page: 972

Senator REID(3.09) —On behalf of the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory I present the second report on the 83rd series of variations to the Canberra city plan. I seek leave to make a short statement relating to the report.

Leave granted.

Senator REID —The report that I have just tabled reports on the six outstanding items in the 83rd series of variations to the city plan. The previous Committee approved eight variations to the series in its first report, tabled on 3 October 1984. The Committee recommends approval of five of the variations and defers consideration of one of the items until additional information is received. I wish to comment on only two of them. The first is variation four, which proposes an addition to the city plan of an access road off Fremantle Drive in Stirling to enable the development of an area of open space for standard residential housing. Objectors to this proposal were concerned about the increase in the volume of traffic as a result of the development, the inadequacy of the access to the proposed development, the danger of having driveways directly opposite the Chapman Primary School and the extent of the removal of trees which would result from the development. The Committee considers that many of the objectors' concerns about the proposal are valid, particularly those which relate to the access of children crossing Streeton Drive to the Chapman Primary School. The Committee defers consideration of the proposal until additional information is provided by the National Capital Development Commission and the Department of Territories about a number of matters which are of concern to objectors.

The second variation concerns an objector to the proposal who was concerned about the adequacy of parking at Kambah Village, particularly in the vicinity of the Kambah Inn. This objector also claimed that the opening of a restaurant with a liquor licence would affect the Inn's sales. The NCDC considers the car parking situation in Kambah Village to be adequate in terms of the distribution of car parking around the whole of the centre. The Department of Territories told the Committee that no other objections relating to the traffic or parking problems associated with the Kambah Village Centre had been received. The Committee is not in a position to assess the effects, if any, on the liquor sales of the Inn or on other restaurants in the area of the establishment of an additional restaurant. The Committee has approved the variation.