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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1732

Mr DALY (Grayndler) - On behalf of the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory I present the Committee's report on proposals for variations of the plan for the layout of the City of Canberra as gazetted in 1925, the 48th series of variations. I ask leave of the House to make a short statement in connection therewith.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Hallett)Therebeing no objection leave is granted.

Mr DALY - The report I have tabled is the second of its kind anddeals with proposals of the National Capital Development Commission and the Department of the Interior for varying some roads within the City of Canberra. Honourable members will be aware of the requirement for approval of Parliament to be given before the gazetted plan of 1925 may be varied and the responsibility for scrutinising such proposals rests with the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. This Report is an historic one and I draw the attention of honourablemembers to the fact that of the 23 proposals submitted in this, the 48th series, oneof the proposals remains under consideration by the Committee and, consequently, no recommendation is made in respectof this particular proposal. The remaining 22 proposals are recommended for implementation.

We were not satisfied with the explanations given in connection- with a proposal to relocate the road known as Pialligo

Avenue, which provides access to Canberra airport and for traffic between Canberra and Queanbeyan and beyond. The relocation of the road was said to be necessary to enable a runway extension on the southern end of the main north-south runway. As this matter is still before the Committee I will not enlarge on the considerations before us beyond saying that this is an example of the need for close scrutiny of development proposals. The people of Canberra are fortunate in having such dispassionate overview of planning proposals and honourable Members and citizens can be assured of the close attention given these matters when they come before this very effective parliamentary committee.

Ordered that the report be printed.

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