Page 3458 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 23 November 2021

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the Assembly resolution from 10 February 2021.

The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for Planning and Land Management noted that the standing committee released its report into DV364 on 30 September 2021, which included eight recommendations that the government will consider. The minister also stated:

the auction of sites on 12 May 2021 proceeded and the sites were sold;

the Suburban Land Agency has offered to work with the Gungahlin Community Council and the community on the sale of future blocks, the provision of open space and the interface with the linear park and future public realm;

the government is in the process of developing an employment prospectus on the benefits of the Gungahlin town centre which will be provided to the commonwealth finance minister; and

the government agreed that community engagement is important and will continue engaging with the community, and also noted the engagement to date in relation to the Gungahlin town centre planning refresh and draft variation 364.

The committee also notes that the land sales have occurred and, given the minister’s commitments to engage more with the community, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 16-21.

Petition 22-21, concerning Nicholls Oval upgrades, was received by the Assembly on 3 August 2021 and referred to our committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 22-21, 509 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to implement improvements to Nicholls Oval amenities, particularly for females; build a suitable centre for community events; and upgrade the fields to suit premier division sport. The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for Transport and City Services said:

The Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Sports and Recreation Facilities (SRF) unit has an identified program of works for the establishment, upgrade and renewal of sports grounds assets across the city. Upgrades to female friendly facilities at Nicholls Oval have not been identified as a priority for the available funding, which is being directed to other more aged and outdated facilities. However, the request by the petitioners has been noted and will be considered in future prioritisation.

Surface and soil structure and current water drainage issues have been investigated at Nicholls Oval and it was recommended that drainage infrastructure across the entire site be installed. These works are programmed to be undertaken during the 2021-22 financial year. The works will address the petitioners’ concerns about the quality of the playing surface and complement the recent investment in LED lighting at this location.

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