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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3422 ..


MR BARR: The government will announce that when we announce the conclusion of our consideration on that matter. There is a series of governance arrangements in place in relation to the charitable fund. For the benefit of Mr Parton and others, the fund is modelled on the Lord Mayor of Melbourne's fund. That has been in operation for more than a century now. That is the basis for the fund. It is to support and encourage philanthropy and to support community organisations in this city, in the same way that the Lord Mayor of Melbourne's fund has supported activity in Melbourne and in Victoria more broadly. That fund in Victoria has been in place for more than a century. It has received support from all sides of politics, including at local government level, clearly, over a very long period of time. The governance arrangements are clear in relation to the fund. As to mechanisms for payments to go into the fund, when they are announced we will also be clear in relation to the governance of those particular transfers into the fund.

Land—sections 74 and 76 Watson

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for planning and relates to land release of sections 74 and 76 Watson. Minister, the local community is concerned that these blocks are the last opportunity to provide a community heart for north Watson which could be something like a central park, shops, pedestrian and bicycle paths or even an overflow school to support Majura primary. Will the land release look at options for creating a community heart or will the land just be sold for housing?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question. Of course the concerns of Watson residents are in our minds as we go forward with releasing land into the future and, indeed, the concerns of Canberrans right across the ACT. These particular areas are a good opportunity, of course, for housing in the ACT and will provide an opportunity for people who are looking to move into the northern area of Canberra.

In regard to the facilitation for community parks, it is certainly hoped that the precinct codes applications will allow for community parks. I have not talked in detail to the directorate about what we would see there but I am certainly happy to talk to them about that.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, many of the Watson community want a master plan that will coordinate the land release with any other surrounding development. Is that the government's intention? If not, what is the process going forward?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her supplementary question. No, there was no intention for a master plan of that area. We are going through our detailed master planning process at the moment. I think that was raised yesterday in discussion about a number of master plans that still need to be completed.

We will be looking to complete those first before we look at any further master plans for those areas. At the detail stage, we will be looking at variations to the Territory Plan that will allow for residential in those areas. There will be a lot of opportunity for the community to have input into those areas.


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