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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (16 February) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR BARR: These risks can be avoided and let us hope that they certainly are.

Planning—Red Hill

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for planning. Minister, many constituents, some of whom are with us here today, have contacted members of the opposition to express concern about the proposed housing development in Red Hill. Minister, what is the rationale for the considerable increase in density on the Red Hill site? Does the government have local community support for this project?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Doszpot for his interest in planning across the territory, particularly in the Red Hill site. As we know, it is a planning opportunity to look at providing better community housing across the territory and better opportunities for Canberrans.

Interestingly, through the work that I did on the statement of planning intent and the interactions I had with stakeholders across the territory, all groups, all stakeholders, wanted to see slightly more density opportunities in the territory, better outcomes for those planning issues in regard to our population growth and less growth outside our borders.

The government has a view on urban renewal, a particular view which looks at providing better outcomes for territorians, and the backup work that I have done through the statement of planning intent—

Mr Coe: A point of order, on relevance.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please stop the clock.

Mr Coe: Mr Doszpot's question was: what is the rationale for the considerable increase in density on this site? We are not talking about the generality of the ACT but this particular site in Red Hill. We ask that you bring him to order.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: If you want to contribute to the point of order, Mr Corbell, the convention is that you rise and make your point of order.

Mr Corbell: It's just to and fro across the chamber, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: While I am ruling on a point of order I expect that there is not to and fro across the chamber. On the point of order, the standing orders, standing order 118(a), make it clear that the answer should be concise and directly relevant. So far the minister has talked about the generality of the planning system. But I ask him to be directly relevant to Mr Doszpot's question which was about the rationale for the density on a particular site in Red Hill. Mr Gentleman.

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