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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4670 ..


In addition, with regards to open space management, the Department of Urban Services has prepared Plans of Management for Urban Open Space and Public Access Sportsgrounds (including lakes) throughout the ACT. In particular, for the Gungahlin region, DUS is currently preparing a Draft Plan of Management for Urban Open Space and Public Access Sportsgrounds.

This Draft Plan of Management has been prepared in consultation with relevant government agencies and community representatives. The Plan is available for public comment for 6 weeks from 10 October 2005 to 18 November 2005 with a public meeting to be arranged for 10 November 2005.

The Government’s formal, statutory, plan for the Gungahlin Town Centre is the Territory Plan. The Land Development Agency has a plan of existing development and proposed development intentions for the Town Centre (consistent with the Territory Plan). All the above plans are available on the relevant agencies web-site.

The Gungahlin Boulevard Park between Yerrabi Park Foreshore and The Valley Avenue is now being designed as the Town Park and concept plans are being prepared. Planning is progressing on the development of an integrated recreation, secondary college and open space precinct to be known as the ‘Well Being’ Precinct between Gozzard Street and the future enclosed oval. This will complement the Boulevard Park.

The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services has released publicly, information on the potential sites that are being assessed for a new Youth Detention Centre. These are:

Block 440 and Part Blocks 739, 740 and 751 Gungahlin;

Block 742 Gungahlin;

Blocks 3 & 4 Section 47 and Blocks 1 & 5 Section 48 Fyshwick; and

Block 8 Section 102 Symonston.

The Government has committed funding to develop this facility.

This question relates to the portfolio of the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. I understand, however, that tenders were advertised on 1 October 2005 for the construction of Palmerston Hall. There is budget funding for the construction of the hall as designed and tendered. If further funds become available in future years, the hall has been designed so that additions can be made. There has been close consultation with the Gungahlin Community Council throughout this project.

This question relates to the portfolio of the Minister for Urban Services. I understand, however, that the letter of acceptance for the first main construction contract for Gungahlin Drive Extension was issued on 23 September 2005 and work will commence within the next month. Tenders for the second construction contract will be called by the end of October and the contract is expected to be let by February 2006. Both contracts will run in parallel and it is anticipated the road will be open to the public by mid 2008.

The Gold Creek Country Club and Golf Course was sold to the Konstantinou Group. The ACT Government and the Konstantinou Group are working to finalise transfer arrangements over the next few months.

Block 1 Section 15 Gungahlin has been identified as a suitable site for the development of an indoor recreation facility incorporating aquatic facilities, indoor/outdoor courts and other facilities that will include options for a 50m pool.


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