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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 4935..


Mr Quinlan presented the following papers:

Financial Management Act-

Pursuant to section 14-Instrument directing a transfer of funds from the Department of Urban Services to the Department of Economic Development, including a statement of reasons, dated 13 December 2005.

Pursuant to section 16-Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Urban Services to the Chief Minister's Department and the Emergency Services Authority, including a statement of reasons, dated 13 December 2005.

Canberra central task force report

Ministerial statement

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (3.40): I ask leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning the government response to the Canberra Central Taskforce report.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, yesterday I released the Canberra Central Taskforce report which was presented to the ACT government in October 2005. In response to the government's terms of reference the comprehensive report has outlined a strong framework for the future planning and development of the City Hill precinct and the city centre, with clear recommendations and actions for the government to consider. The task force has demonstrated a strong example of the private and public sectors working together, despite a variety of views about the most desirable and effective way to create a dynamic heart for our city. Central to this joint approach has been the cooperation and participation of the National Capital Authority through the task force to implement the vitalisation strategy for City Hill and Canberra central.

Given the shared vision of the development of the city centre, engagement of the commonwealth in a strategic partnership is likely to be the best strategy to achieve a fair and reasonable contribution for any specific national requirements emerging through the Griffin legacy work, such as major infrastructure. One of the key features of the Canberra Central Taskforce report is the recommended objectives for the planning and development of the City Hill precinct. These objectives deal with a range of matters, including the vitalisation of the city centre; higher standards of urban design; exemplary architecture and social inclusion; sustainability; maximising inner city population; and encouraging a diversity of activity and sustainability to create valuable assets for the community and not a burden for taxpayers.

The task force's objectives are practical and provide a strong framework for considering the future planning of the precinct. Since its restructuring in May this year the task force has, in a relatively short period of time, taken on board many of the comments made during the public consultations, including the outcome of the living city design competition ideas. The task force also received presentations by experts from other capital cities in Australia and ACT government senior officers, and commissioned its


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