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matters and, in my opinion, those assessments are adequate for the Territory Plan variation process. An initial traffic study indicated that generally the surrounding road network has the capacity to manage increased traffic generated by the proposed development. As a result of comments received about this study, an additional traffic study was undertaken. The results of the additional traffic study correlated with the original traffic study. DV334 was reviewed by all the relevant ACT Government agencies and service providers including ActewAGL and Icon Water. There were no specific objections or issues raised in relation to infrastructure servicing for the site as part of the proposed rezoning.

DV334 is part of the Government's public housing renewal program. The Red Hill Public Housing Precinct is one of the multi-unit public housing properties identified for replacement under the program. The residences were built for a growing public service more than 50 years ago and they no longer meet the needs of today's public housing tenants. This is particularly the case for people with a disability, ageing tenants or tenants with children. At 6.6 hectares, the site is of a size and proportion to accommodate higher density residential development. The site represents approximately 1.5 per cent of the Red Hill suburb, and is centrally located close to employment, transport and services.

DV334 is consistent with the ACT Planning Strategy, and the redevelopment of the Red Hill housing precinct is included in the ACT Planning Strategy as a short term action. It will provide more cost effective and sustainable living options by improving the existing housing stock and establishing more choice in housing types. It will also help to create a more compact, efficient city through urban intensification. Increasing housing diversity allows people to live in dwellings that are better suited to their needs, without having to move out of their neighbourhood. It also brings new people/families into the area, further regenerating the suburb.

I appreciate the concerns raised through this petition, and I trust that the planning and land authority has demonstrated to the citizens of the Australian Capital Territory that the concerns of the public, and the probable impacts of a development of this nature, have been carefully considered in the drafting of DV334.

Lottery products—petition No 13-15

The response read as follows:

The government acknowledges concerns about the wellbeing of our small business community following the announcement that NSW Lotteries is expanding its sales network to include selected fuel outlets in the ACT.

The Government has moved to ensure the increased availability of lottery products does not place the ACT community at a greater risk of harm from problem gambling. The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission have introduced restrictions on the sales hours of lottery products to ensure they are not available after certain times. The Commission will also continue to monitor the sale of these products at retail fuel outlets to ensure all legislative requirements are upheld.


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