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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1620 ..


MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.22): I have provided a number of updates on Giralang. Today I rise to speak about one of the most significant milestones to date. On Thursday, 26 April 2018 a development application for block 6 section 79 went on notification. This is the site of the Giralang shops. The development application that has been notified is the owner and developer's proposal for the site.

The proposal put forward includes construction of a mixed-use development comprising two basement levels, ground floor level commercial use consisting of a 1,000 square metre supermarket and other small commercial tenancies totalling 1,275 square metres, four levels of residential use containing 50 residential units, and landscaping and associated works. The proposal also entails civil works including new driveway entry points off Canopus Crescent, new offsite on-street car parking in Menkar Close, and a reconfigured car park and new drop-off arrangement for the existing Giralang Primary School car park. This configuration will also include a new waste enclosure, a new bicycle enclosure and associated landscaping.

The application also seeks a lease variation including varying the purpose clause by adding residential use, provided that multi-unit housing is limited to a maximum of 50 dwellings. The lease variation will also broaden the range of permissible community uses to include a childcare centre, community activity centre, community theatre, cultural facility, educational establishment, place of worship and religious associated use. These proposed uses will be in addition to the existing health facility use, already permitted within the purpose clause.

Giralang has long wanted a supermarket back at the heart of their suburb. I am encouraged by the provision in the proposal for a supermarket. As the development continues to progress, I look forward to the developer securing a tenant so the community has access to a quality supermarket within the suburb.

Throughout the election campaign and since being elected, the Giralang community has wanted to see progress on this site and to have their views included in the discussion on this development. As the local member for Yerrabi, I am passionate about ensuring our part of Canberra is invested in and not only that we have quality facilities for our communities to use but also that the community is included in the development of these proposals. I have made it a priority to make sure the community gets to have their say.

I have met with the developer multiple times, providing him with feedback I have received from the community and encouraging him to undertake extensive consultation with the community to shape his proposal. Following on from those meetings, the developer has undertaken an online community survey, held two community meetings and consulted with community groups, including the Giralang residents' action network, the Giralang Primary School P&C and the Chabad. The feedback gathered in the survey in the first community meeting was used by the developer to refine his proposal. The revised proposal was then put to the community at a second community meeting.

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