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relation to a range of other sites around the place. We will continue to work through the planning system. We think that we can address the issues raised by the independent land authority, and those will be addressed through the planning system. There will no doubt be another opportunity, through the notification process, for the community to consider those matters once that has been submitted.

MR DAVIS: Minister, how will the government consult specifically with the Ginninderry community and with those across west Belconnen more broadly?

MR STEEL: Through the planning process, there will be a period of statutory notification where the community will be able to view the planning application and the associated documentation which addresses the issues that have arisen. They will be able to have their say directly to the independent planning authority as they assess the DA and then make a decision.

Suburban infrastructure—projects

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, how is the government delivering on ACT Labor's suburban infrastructure commitments in my electorate of Yerrabi?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Petterson for his question. The government is working hard to deliver on ACT Labor’s election commitments in Yerrabi, with a range of projects under design, construction or in the planning stages.

The shops that we are upgrading at Gwydir Square in Kaleen are nearing completion and have a range of upgrades which will rejuvenate this local shopping hub and support local businesses into the future.

We are also working on two significant playground upgrades in Ngunnawal and Kaleen, the latter of which is currently under consultation alongside of a new play space upgrade in Lyons.

We are getting underway with the final design of the new recreation park in Casey, which will provide significant new amenity to the suburb. It is a beautiful park, with a lot of natural and significant beauty, but one that we think can be greatly enhanced for the public benefit through the upgrades we are undertaking there, with construction due to get underway in 2023.

I was very pleased to have also recently announced the concept designs for a new dog park in Franklin—something that I know our local members have been working extensively with the community on for some time. More and more Canberrans are becoming dog owners. I think we have the highest rate in Australia. We are delivering on our commitment to make sure that there are opportunities for exercising those canines in the areas around Yerrabi.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how has the concept design for the Franklin dog park taken community feedback on board?

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