Page 2129 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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Municipal services—Monash shops

MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, over the last year I have been engaging with a lot of residents in Monash, who are interested in the recent development application to redevelop their shopping precinct. What they have been concerned about is that the ACT government has also announced funding to redevelop some of the shops. I was hoping you could update the Assembly on some specificity about what is intended to be updated at the shops and how that investment will interact with the new development proposed for the site.

MR STEEL: The ACT government is undertaking a range of public realm upgrades, as part of the biggest ever “little build”—an investment in suburban infrastructure and upgrades at local shops around the ACT. That does include Monash, which was an election commitment. It is a small, local shopping centre. I understand that they are looking at the provision of early childhood services at that shops. There has been some development activity. The ACT government’s focus is on the public realm, so public unleased land often surrounding local shopping centres. We have undertaken a range of upgrades at Monash shops over the years, and indeed during the pandemic, as part of the fast-track infrastructure program and other programs to bring forward infrastructure spending to address local issues.

We have undertaken a range of path works and crossing works around Monash shops. The latest proposed upgrades there are now available; the designs are available for the public to view on the Your Say website, together with shop upgrades in a range of areas. There is an opportunity, we think, at Monash shops to improve some of the public space next to it, which will be complementary to the potential uses of the shops, based on the development application that has been proposed. Certainly, with things like bins and seating, we are interested in improving those at that shopping centre, so that it can be better utilised not only by everyone in the community but also by those who are using the shops in the new development.

MR DAVIS: Minister, in addition to election commitments, how does the government determine which local and group centres it will fix up and how much money it will allocate to the renovations?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. Obviously, the ACT government, through the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, has undertaken a range of condition audits of public assets, including local shopping centres. That informed, together with community feedback, the specific shop upgrades that are being undertaken around the ACT, including at the Monash shops.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, what analysis has the ACT government done to determine the future viability and longevity of local community shopping precincts like the Monash shops?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. We think that local shopping centres do play an important role in Canberra. They are unique compared to many other cities around Australia. We consider this from a variety of different angles.

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