Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2183 ..
spatial plan forms part of a comprehensive, integrated and strategic plan for Canberra’s future. The Canberra spatial plan reflects the community’s aspirations for the future of the city. Following on from this broad, overarching plan, the government is committed to strategic land release in the territory that will promote economic development, address affordability and cater for the needs of our community in both the short and long term.
This is underpinned by the implementation of the following considered and flexible programs: the indicative residential land release program, which aims to deliver 17,000 residential dwelling sites to the market from 2010-11 to 2013-14 to provide an appropriate supply of land to meet market demand over the coming years; the indicative commercial land release program, which aims to deliver 444,651 square metres of space to the market from 2010-11 to 2013-14 to meet market demand for commercial land over the coming years; the indicative industrial land release program, which aims to deliver 440,616 square metres of space from 2010-11 to 2013-14 to meet market demand for industrial land over the coming years; and the indicative community and non-urban land release program, which aims to deliver 141,925 square metres of space from 2010-11 to 2013-14 to meet the community’s land requirements over the coming years. In addition, these future releases include a strong commitment to sustainability.
It is clear to anyone who has spent time in the ACT community that the reform of infrastructure planning I have spoken about today has delivered finished projects and real outcomes right across the territory. We are creating a city where people want to work, live and play with quality infrastructure to support all these activities.
Our continuing commitment to significant and targeted capital programs has played an important role in this government’s response to meeting the needs of the ACT community, enhancing the productive capacity, supporting jobs, reducing future costs and providing for a growing city to maintain a competitive edge against other urban centres.
Looking at this financial year, the 2009-10 capital works expected outcome of $624 million more than doubles our previous delivery record for the 2008-09 program of $296 million. This will be the largest infrastructure spend on record to date—an exceptional achievement. To put this in perspective, the 2008-09 outcome is over three and a half times more than the opposition achieved in their last year of government. The estimated outcome for this year blitzes the outcomes of those opposite.
At the time of the announcement, the 2009-10 capital works program committed record investments in infrastructure required to service the ACT community. $112 million was invested in health, $38 million in justice, $205 million in education and training and $97 million in disability, community services and public housing, and $4 million in environmental measures.
We have worked with and listened to industry and, through the combination of our local initiatives package of works, the capital works program and the commonwealth’s nation building and jobs plan, we have supported our local industry, protected local jobs and supported the continued growth of our economy. This support has provided confidence which has in fact assisted local industry to grow.