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Ms Rishworth, pursuant to notice, moved—That the House:

(1)    recognises the importance of sound urban planning for the long term future of our towns and cities;

(2)    acknowledges that:

(a)    planning new communities and regenerating older communities must maximise the ‘liveability’ of these communities;

(b)   local planning should ensure that:

(i)    local employment is available close to the local communities;

(ii)   transport options are well connected and integrated, including the availability of public transport and bike paths to reduce car dependency and promote healthy alternatives such as walking and cycling;

(iii)  housing and local infrastructure are designed to minimise the environmental footprint, including options to promote water and energy conservation;

(iv)  community services are available; and

(v)   local infrastructure facilitates a sense of community and place; and

(c)    urban planing of our communities must maximise the social, economic and environmental outcomes for local residents; and

(3)    urges all levels of government, industry, associated professions and the community to work together to ensure that we have healthy, happy, safe and sustainable communities.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.