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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1926..


In conclusion, the results reported in the March 2013 ACT criminal justice statistical profile are important to acknowledge, particularly when we see such a positive impact on our community's perceptions of crime. Perceptions of crime are important. Perceptions of community safety are important. They are important not just from a statistical perspective; they are important because they impact on our sense of wellbeing. If people do not feel safe, even if that feeling is not necessarily entirely based on the evidence, they are less likely to participate as broadly as they otherwise would in the community. Therefore, this government remains committed to ensuring that residents benefit from living in a very safe and fair community and that we all have the confidence to participate fully in community life.

I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 311 to the territory plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (11.16): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 311 to the Territory Plan—Dickson Group Centre: Amendments to the Dickson precinct map and code and zone changes to Dickson section 34 block 20 from commercial CZ1 core to commercial CZ3 services with the introduction of a Pe [urban open space] Public Land overlay on part Dickson section 34 block 20, dated 29 April 2013, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

In accordance with the provisions of the act, this variation is presented with the background papers and copies of the summaries and reports. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Variation No 311 to the territory plan—Dickson group centre—implements the findings of the Dickson group centre master plan. It amends the Dickson precinct map and code in the territory plan to provide for an increase in maximum building heights at the centre and provisions to guide future development on unleased land. Improvements to pedestrian and vehicle connections are to be achieved while ensuring the character of the centre is retained.

Variation 311 also rezones a parcel of unleased territory land that is currently used as a public car park. The zoning changes from commercial CZ1 core to CZ3 services and introduces a public land overlay for urban open space over part of the same block. Variation 311 provides an opportunity for government and the private sector to deliver the vision proposed by the Dickson centre master plan. An initiative of the government, the master planning program promotes the rejuvenation of our suburban


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