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(5) When will any upgrades be concluded.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The ACT Government, in accordance with the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, is investigating opportunities for higher density development within future urban intensification locations.

The Government has not made any decision about the type of density or timeframes. Any such decisions will involve community consultation.

The Lease Variation Charge is based on the principle that the community should share the benefit from any increase in the value of land arising from changes to the original lease. If this benefit is not recovered, it provides an unearned transfer of wealth from the community to private entities.

Other fees and taxes are used to ensure compliance with community expectations as well as fund the essential services provided by the Government in the ACT.

In most circumstances, reducing these charges results in unearned wind fall gain. In cases where the benefit to the community outweighs the loss of giving up this value, economic stimulus may be appropriate. In the case of Weston this would be subject to government consideration.

Details about upcoming upgrades to urban and transport infrastructure across Canberra can be found on the City Services website at

Roads—Coppins Crossing
(Question No 626)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2022:

Does the Government have any plans to upgrade the current Coppins Crossing closure notification signage, including by (a) placing additional signage on John Gorton Drive or in Wright at locations that would prevent queuing and allow U-turns, (b) automating the existing signage or (c) providing a form of real-time alert for drivers, such as via the internet or an app; if so, (i) what amount has been budgeted for the upgrade, (ii) what amount has been expended on the upgrade, (iii) when did, or will, the upgrade commence, (iv) when will the upgrade conclude and (v) will the upgrade be undertaken via a contractor to the ACT Government; if so, whom.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

a) Transport Canberra and City Services installed additional signage in February 2022 at key locations, to provide advanced notification to motorists of road closures on Coppins Crossing. These additional locations include:

Cotter Road;

John Gorton Drive intersection with Holborow Avenue; and

Uriarra Road Intersection with Coaldrake Avenue.

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