Page 3214 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 October 2022

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. Of course, the government has been very supportive of the Gungahlin community centre. Funding began back in the 2021-22 budget, in allocating $300,000 to complete a project feasibility and develop a business case for future funding. There was a further $150,000 in 2021-22 and a further $150,000 in the current budget—2022-23. Foundations for the Gungahlin community facilities project have been established through a district-wide community and recreational facilities assessment, which was released through YourSay in April 2022.

The engagement with the community centre began in July, and has involved more than 30 group and one-on-one meetings, including the Gungahlin Community Council, and the recently created Gungahlin Community Panel. The common themes engaged through all of the discussions and sessions were positive and supportive of the project’s direction. Discussions followed on determining the best possible location to meet community needs and aspirations, and the building design requirements of different organisations and possible management arrangements to achieve equitable community access.

There is another round of engagement occurring now; it is due to begin very shortly. That will aim to finalise the options for the government’s consideration. That will include the preferred development site, the community facility concept design, and a preliminary construction cost estimate.

MR BRADDOCK: How will the community centre be integrated with other land uses in Gungahlin centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is an important question—that we are sure that the Gungahlin community has the right facilities for its needs, and that it fits in with the other parts of the Gungahlin town centre. A lot of that information has come back through the Gungahlin Community Council and the consultations that are occurring just now.

MS CLAY: Minister, how will the new planning system ensure that we have enough community space all around Canberra?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Clay for the question. I spoke earlier about our district strategies that will come forward very shortly for communities to engage with the government on the future planning system. The community will be able to have its say on those strategies, which, of course, will include community facilities and other things that the future community of Canberra will need in the planning system.

Domestic and family violence—federal government initiatives

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children?

MS BERRY: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. As members will now know, the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children was officially launched in Melbourne yesterday, after it was endorsed by all state and territory ministers.

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