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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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project to provide regular progress updates each sitting period. Just as this Assembly is drawing to an end, so is the accommodation project, a project that is clearly the most significant for this institution since the Assembly occupied this building in 1994.

With the completion of recent works on the refurbished space on level 1, the central objective of this project has been delivered, which was to have suites for 25 MLAs and the capacity to cater for up to nine ministers. The recent completion of works on level 1 has also delivered a much-needed new meeting room configuration with an adjoining catered kitchen as well as refreshed exhibition space. I am sure that members, current and future, will take full advantage of these new facilities, as they are much needed.

Apart from the Assembly chamber, only a few more weeks of work remain. Between now and late July work will be completed on the upgrading of heating, ventilation and cooling equipment as well as the remaining toilets that are part of the upgrade schedule. There is also some recarpeting and repainting to be done.

Over the next month the site sheds of our construction contractors which have been situated under the north-west colonnade since September last year will be demounted and the colonnade reinstated. For the Assembly chamber, work is progressing to complete final design of the new central table. It will be installed after the Assembly rises for the last time for this term in August. During those last sitting days in August I intend to make a final statement to the Assembly in which I will provide members with a full account of the cost of the project, which, at this time, seems to be ahead of time and slightly under budget.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 339 to the territory plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations): For the information of members I present the following paper :

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 339 to the Territory Plan—ACT Public Housing Redevelopments—Kaleen section 117, block 23—(old Bocce Club)—Zone changes and changes to the Kaleen precinct map and code, dated 6 June 2016, including associated documents.

I ask leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: The territory plan variation seeks to implement part of the urban renewal program by facilitating residential development on the old bocce club site in Kaleen. Increasing residential densities in key locations in existing suburbs improves housing options near existing services and facilities while reducing the impacts associated with urban sprawl.

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