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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3608 ..


(5) Traffic flows in the ACT are encouraged by coordinating traffic light to flow needs. This is achieved using one of the worlds most advanced traffic signal control system called SCATs to coordinate and optimise traffic flows through traffic signals across the ACT road network. This system is also used by all the majority of road agencies in Australia and is regularly improved and updated to incorporate the latest advances in traffic engineering research.

Planning—West Basin (Question No 1603)

Ms Lawder asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) Has the ACT Government prepared a West Basin Precinct Conservation Management Plan; if so, can the Chief Minister provide a copy.

(2) What evidence do you have to support your claim that the "Griffins' original plan intended the city's street layout would continue down to the lake in West Basin"; if so, can the Chief Minister provide a copy of this evidence.

(3) Why has the heritage planning value of the existing Lake not been respected.

(4) How does the development of private apartments and retail premises "enhance" the "cultural" and "heritage" value of the lake".

(5) How will people, including visitors to Canberra, get to this "precinct" to meet, celebrate and relax with no real means of significant motor vehicle, or public transport access as light rail alone is unlikely to provide sufficient public access.

(6) What building height for "low rise" is intended for the West Basin development.

(7) Is this consistent with the previous policies and plans of the LDA.

(8) How will the allocation of a comparatively small amount of space in this strategic dedicated open space area meet best practice city open space designs.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No; there is no statutory requirement to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the area.

(2) The significant aspects of the Griffin Plan which are required to be conserved are outlined in the Griffin Legacy produced by the NCA in 2004. Amendment 61 to the National Capital Plan embeds the Griffin Legacy strategies that apply to the development of West Basin. A stated policy in Amendment 61 is to "Extend the city grid of streets and paths to enhance connectivity and accessibility to the lake."

(3) The planning for West Basin is required to be, and is, consistent with the planning controls prescribed in the National Capital Plan.

(4) West Basin is currently an underutilised space that is dominated by surface car parks. The development of the West Basin precinct and waterfront will create a world class public space asset attracting Canberrans and visitors to appreciate and connect to the lake and its environs.


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