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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5952..


the Molonglo valley's future urban area. Triple bottom line principles have provided a strong platform for sustainable development and urban design in the Molonglo valley.

Development will respond to the unique landscape of the valley, particularly as it will be located close to the Molonglo River and areas of high environmental value. Asset protection zones, taking into account environmental values, will reduce the threat of bushfires in the future urban development area. Planning for the Molonglo valley is also continuing to focus on integrated land use and transport provision. Rapid bus transport and bicycle and pedestrian paths will provide access to key local attractions, Stromlo forest park, Molonglo River park, the arboretum and the wider Canberra area. This very important development underpins and strengthens the government's commitment to providing for sustainable growth in our city.

MS PORTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how will the planning and development in Molonglo valley assist in ensuring the continuing release of land as part of the government's affordable housing action plan?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her interest. With this NES plan endorsement there is now a high degree of confidence, as I said earlier, to proceed with further detailed planning and development in the Molonglo valley. The approval provides certainty that extends to progressing detailed design of infrastructure items such as trunk sewers and arterial roads. I am particularly pleased that the environmental considerations have been dealt with and resolved early in the planning for Molonglo, and this ensures that land releases and development can occur in a timely manner.

The government's land release program identifies the continuing release of residential land in the Molonglo valley. In the coming years land releases will occur either through englobo/private sector or the Land Development Agency in Molonglo suburbs 3 and 4. Both these suburbs are located in Molonglo stage 2, which is north of the two existing suburbs of Coombs and Wright. These releases are being supported by a significant capital infrastructure investment that ensures that services, roads and public transport will be provided to support land release.

One of the key points in the government's affordable housing action plan is to provide sufficient land to stabilise house prices. Ongoing land releases in the Molonglo valley will assist in this regard. The government also remains committed to its 20 per cent affordable housing strategy as a component of all greenfields land release, including in the Molonglo valley.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, when will the government publicly release the ACT government's submission to the federal government on this matter?


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