Page 1706 - Week 06 - Thursday, 3 June 2021

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MS CLAY: How do you ensure that, with the neighbourhoods that are being built block by block when the sites are sold at auction, we are getting high quality outcomes, not simply selling to the highest bidder?

MS BERRY: That is the commitment that the ACT government has made through the Suburban Land Agency—to build great suburbs for everybody, to build homes that people want to live in and not just for the highest cost.

MR DAVIS: Minister, what percentage of land sold through the Suburban Land Agency is sold through auction?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.

Planning—Woden town centre

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. According to the Woden Town Centre Master Plan, the community expressed mixed views about building heights and lessees raised concerns about building heights of 12 storeys or more. Why, according to the Woden Valley Community Council’s research, did the government put the wishes of the developers to build 28 storeys around the central Woden town square before the needs raised by the community and lessees?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Milligan for the question. It is not the case. We do not put the views of developers and the needs of developers in front of the ACT community. We of course put the values of the ACT community up front in our planning and land management for the future. That is why we went to the community many years ago with the Woden Town Centre Master Plan and succeeded in getting their assistance and authority to go ahead with the plans that you are now seeing being delivered in the Woden town centre. In regard to approvals of this course, they are approved by the independent Planning and Land Authority based on the allowances available in the town centre master plans, and of course the National Capital Plan and the ACT Territory Plan.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what is the government’s plan to allow for attractive open space for the many residents coming to live in the town centre? Is there one?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, as well articulated by the community during that master planning process, and those attractive open place areas for recreation are being delivered as per the master plan.

MRS JONES: Minister, will you change the zoning for Woden in any way to reduce the building heights around that central town square to align with the city? Is it too late? Where are these recreational spaces that you refer to?

MR GENTLEMAN: They are well articulated in that master plan, as I said earlier. No, I won’t be changing any zoning around Woden. That was well designed with the master planning process and of course with the consent, agreement and input from the Woden community, at the time.

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