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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 8 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2655..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

also recommended that the ACT Heritage Council report on the operation of the Heritage Act 2004 in relation to the implementation of the City West master plan in its 2005-06 annual report and/or subsequent reports as appropriate in the circumstances. This has been noted. The issue of the operation of the Heritage Act in relation to the implementation of the City West master plan is beyond the scope of the territory plan and of this variation. The issue has been referred to the ACT Heritage Council for its consideration.

The committee recommended that figure 6 either be removed from the variation or amended to better reflect the ANU's understanding of pedestrian routes. This recommendation is not supported. Main pedestrian routes in the Childers Street precinct were identified in preparing the City West master plan that was endorsed by the government in May 2004. Any change to the pedestrian routes identified in the precinct would result in the City West master plan being inconsistent with the territory plan. As a consequence of that, the implementation of the City West master plan would be frustrated, since all the development in the precinct must be in accordance with the master plan.

Figure 6, showing the City West-Childers Street precinct main pedestrian areas, is included in the variation to identify the main pedestrian areas in the Childers Street precinct so that the heights of adjacent buildings will not overshadow the main pedestrian areas. A similar diagram is included in the territory plan to indicate main pedestrian areas for the retail core in the city.

The committee's final recommendation was that the variation be amended to remove the proposed change to the territory plan map that will delete the urban open space land use policy from part of block 4 section 2 City and part of Marcus Clarke Street, and that the proposed commercial land use policy not be applied to this area. This recommendation is not supported. Section 2 City currently contains the Canberra Club and Canberra House on block 3, a surplus car park and a pocket park on block 4. This small park is popular for passive recreation use by employees in the city.

Most of block 4 is actually used for surplus car parking, even though it is designated as urban open space land use policy. Applying the commercial A land use policy to part of block 4 will allow for a new development site fronting Marcus Clarke Street and the enlarging of the pocket park. This area would remain as a pedestrian thoroughfare, since the intersection of Hobart Place and Marcus Clarke Street would remain open for pedestrian access, as well as being opened up for vehicular access. Urban design guidelines prepared for the area would ensure that overshadowing of the pocket park from new development is minimised in this inner city context. I commend the variation to the Assembly.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Study trip-Report by Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA-Sydney, 28 and 29 April 2005.

DR FOSKEY: Mr Speaker, is it possible for me to ask that the report be noted?

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