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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 December 2022) . . Page.. 4219 ..

Planning—district strategies

Mr Gentleman (in reply to a question by Mr Cain on Thursday, 1 December 2022):

I received a letter from the Oaks Estate Residents Association in August this year and my written response noted the Association’s concerns about being included in the East Canberra District, and preference for inclusion in the Inner South District. As I stated in that letter, while Oaks Estate’s inclusion in the East Canberra district was because of its geographical location, this would not necessarily impact on existing relationships or associations that Oaks Estate has with the Inner South district, such as membership of the Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC). The draft East Canberra District Strategy also acknowledges (page 88) that the Oaks Estate Residents Association strongly identifies with the ISCCC.

The government understands that Oaks Estate, and other residential communities are somewhat geographically removed from other parts of urban Canberra. This is why the draft East Canberra District Strategy includes a key direction to enhance the accessibility of services and facilities for Oaks Estate, Pialligo and Symonston residents in surrounding districts, particularly Inner South Canberra.

Housing ACT—vacant land

Ms Berry (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Thursday, 1 December 2022):

The redevelopment at 3-7 Langdon Avenue and 2 Longmore Crescent is currently in pre-procurement stage. This redevelopment is expected to commence construction in the second half of 2023.

The Development Application was lodged on 9 September 2021 and the Notice of Decision was issued on 6 April 2022. Stamped plans were issued on 7 June 2022 after 20 days appeal period due to representations received during the Public Notification period. Design changes were required to meet the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate requirements.

There are 124 vacant properties awaiting demolition. Some of these have a Head Contractor engaged and demolition is imminent.

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