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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (9 April) . . Page.. 846..


Gungahlin Development Authority Act

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Gungahlin Development Authority Act, pursuant to section 11-Direction for the development of the Yerrabi Estate Stage 2, dated 26 March 2002.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Yerrabi Estate stage 2 is in the area bounded by Gundaroo Drive and Mirrabei Drive and adjoins the Yerrabi Pond district park and adventure playground. Preliminary design work indicates that the estate will yield approximately 260 blocks, based on densities ranging from 20 to 30 dwellings per hectare.

A preliminary engineering services plan for the estate has already been prepared and financial modelling undertaken. An analysis of this data indicates that $3.5 million in capital would be required in order to facilitate the development, with the project earning revenue eight months after commencement. The authority has sufficient funds available to cover the capital injection.

The authority is developing the estate by establishing a project team, initially comprising an urban designer, consultant engineer and project manager. Tenders were called from the private sector last weekend for the urban designer and the consultant engineer.

MRS DUNNE: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I would like to place on the record some concerns I have over the minister's direction. It goes to many of the concerns I have had over the government's proposals for nationalising, or "territorising", land development. This is probably the beginning of that process. I am concerned at the size of the 260 dwellings, all of which will be government housing. We have had experience of large government housing develops. They often have very adverse social outcomes. We pulled down Baringa Gardens. We have just completed pulling down-

Mr Corbell: It is not an ACT Housing estate. It is a private residential estate being developed by the Gungahlin Development Authority.

MRS DUNNE: For ACT Housing?

Mr Corbell: No. It is private residential.

MRS DUNNE: In that case, I misheard, and I withdraw.


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