Page 743 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 5 April 2022

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Ms Lee: Yes, it is, and yet you say, “There is nothing to see here.”

MS BERRY: then the Leader of the Opposition would not be sitting there giggling at the response that I am—

Ms Lee: At you, at “nothing to see here”.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! You are now directly warned, Ms Lee. One more infringement and you will be named.

MS BERRY: Members will be aware that there is a time frame for the government to respond to Auditor-General’s reports. On this question previously I have said that the government will respond in due course—and it will respond—and that response will be provided on Thursday. Then members of the opposition can go through the government’s response at their leisure.

Planning—Molonglo Valley commercial centre

DR PATERSON: My question is to Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, where is the ACT government up to with planning for the Molonglo commercial centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson for her interest in Molonglo, and for the question. The Canberra spatial plan identified the Molonglo Valley as Canberra’s next major urban area back in 2004. Molonglo Valley is planned to accommodate approximately 55,000 new residents over coming decades. Officials have been working closely with the Molonglo community to finalise the technical amendment for the Molonglo commercial centre, and I am pleased to advise the Assembly that the technical amendment was released for public consultation yesterday. The consultation period will run until 6 May 2022, which will allow for the amendment to be discussed at the next Molonglo Valley Community Council meeting, which I understand is on 28 April 2022.

As anticipated last year, this is a technical amendment process which will allow a fast-tracked planning process. The government has a vision for the Molonglo group centre as a focus for community life, with safe and inviting public spaces and street for people linger and easily move around the centre. Buildings and infrastructure will be designed and delivered through best-practice urban design, sustainability and innovation principles. Public transport and active travel routes will seamlessly connect the centre to the surrounding neighbourhoods, recreation spaces and to the wider areas of Canberra. The Molonglo group centre will be an all-electric group centre, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on delivering these sustainable goals.

DR PATERSON: I have a supplementary question. Minister, what kinds of facilities is the government planning for the Molonglo group centre.

MR GENTLEMAN: The suburb of Molonglo will have commercial, retail, residential and community facilities. The concept plan sets out the desired locations

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