Page 861 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Farm Gate tours and photography workshops at Lanyon. I encourage everyone to experience this stunning part of the ACT during this festival.

Planning—ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, how much has the government spent on consultants as part of the planning system review and reform, to date?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Cain for the question. I will have to take the detail of the question on notice. We have engaged some consultants to roll out the consultation process for the new planning reform and review project. The engagement with the community has been quite phenomenal. I gave an update to the Assembly just the other day about the amount of consultation that has occurred and the work with the Canberra community, and their responses. There have been somewhere near 80,000 interactions with our webpage, and downloads. I am very pleased with that work. I will come back to the chamber with the details on the consultants.

MR CAIN: Minister, how much has the government spent on the planning system review and reform as a whole, to date?

MR GENTLEMAN: I refer Mr Cain to the budget papers that outline the costs there.

MR COCKS: Minister, why is your government ignoring the critical governance issues that were so clearly evident in the review process?

MR GENTLEMAN: I do not agree with the premise of Mr Cocks’s question. We do not ignore those particular points put forward. We take them on board. The Planning Process Review and Reform Project did give consideration to changing the Territory Plan and the associated work around that, with the district strategies going out at the moment. It was not to do with the governance arrangements that are in place.

Sport and recreation—Throsby Home of Football

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the minister for sport. I am concerned about the ongoing delays with the planned development of the Home of Football in Throsby. I recollect discussions with Capital Football some time ago about the new facilities being a showcase venue for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup. Obviously, that will not happen. There are now growing doubts about the project actually being completed. Can you provide a firm date for when construction will commence?

MS BERRY: I do not know where Mr Milligan is hearing doubts from, because there is a commitment to build this facility, and that commitment remains. I do not have a firm date for the delivery. We are still working with Capital Football on the design of that facility. As soon as I have more information, I will provide that.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, have the cost rises from delays and hydrology issues resulted in a shortfall that cannot be effectively met from available sources? What are the prospects of securing a project-saving financial contribution from the federal government?

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