Page 83 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 8 February 2022

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The ACT government agrees to recommendation 6, which suggests active travel and parking arrangements are reconsidered following the completion of traffic and transport assessments being undertaken by Transport Canberra and City Services. Any changes required as a result of these assessments will be incorporated into the Territory Plan at a later date.

The 2021-22 ACT budget allocated $200,000 to Transport Canberra and City Services for a route planning study for the Gungahlin town centre. The aim of this study is to encourage a shift to active travel and includes feasibility of cycle connectivity improvements and priority designs for active travel network connections.

The ACT government has agreed to recommendation 7, which recommends active frontage placements are considered, with priority for active frontages in areas identified as pedestrian thoroughfares. The government will make these changes and they will be incorporated into the final version of DV364.

Lastly, the committee recommends that the study area for the Gungahlin town centre draft variation be extended to incorporate Yerrabi Pond recreation and commercial area and key connections to Gungahlin Place, in recommendation 8. This recommendation is agreed in principle. The area subject to the draft variation was based on the 2018 Gungahlin town centre refresh, which focused on town centre components of the suburb of Gungahlin. However, the route planning study that I just mentioned will take into account linkages with the Yerrabi Pond recreation area.

Following changes to DV364 for the Gungahlin town centre in line with the government’s response, I intend to consider the revised variation for approval. The planning controls contained in DV364 will facilitate a centre with commercial, community and government employment opportunities. Progressing the draft variation will enable the government’s vision for a vibrant, lively, mixed-use commercial centre to be realised. I look forward to seeing the precinct planning in the centre progress this year.

I now commend to the Assembly the ACT government’s response to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services report No 5: Draft variation to the Territory Plan 364—Gungahlin town centre: Amendments to the Gungahlin precinct map and code.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.11): The Gungahlin community have very clearly said that they do not want more apartments crowding out employment opportunities and spaces for community. I welcome the report today, and that there are some improvements to how the town centre will be developed. However, I will say it does not go far enough.

I am pleased with the wins for the Gungahlin community, including ensuring that commercial zoning will remain for the two large blocks in the Gungahlin town centre east; the precinct planning approach to the unsold blocks in that area as well; the study into the commercial market potential of the Gungahlin town centre; and also agreement about the important linkages from the Gungahlin town centre to the Yerrabi Pond recreation area. I extend my appreciation for all of these.

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