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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 February 2018) . . Page.. 107 ..


the Woden Valley Community Council meeting, which I think was a week ago. The thing that struck me most in that was the government being repeatedly asked, “If there is a demand for community facilities, what do you think is going to be built there?” I was stunned that there was no response to that.

Community facilities planned for Canberra are precious. We all know that. We have had lots of conversations about this in this place. I cannot believe that the government would just say, “We have no idea what should happen to this.” I think Mr Hanson’s comments about the community consultation, or lack of it, are unfortunately fairly much on the mark this time. I hope that the government listens to the petitioners from O’Malley and the rest of the community and does better on this site.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.12), by leave: I thank members for their comments today. I want to read to them what the EPSD’s website says about the particular block that is being discussed today. It states:

The site is zoned CFZ and development on the site is restricted to developments permitted under the Territory Plan …

There is a list. It states:

Permitted developments on this site … include:

Business agency …

Child care centre

Community activity centre

Community theatre

Cultural facility

Educational establishment …

Emergency services facility …

Health facility …

Hospital

Indoor recreation facility …

Office …

Place of worship

Public agency …

Religious associated use

Residential care accommodation …

Under the precinct code, supportive housing and a retirement village are permitted as well. The website goes on to state:

Response to community feedback

On Friday 15 December 2017, residents surrounding Block 23 Section 31 O’Malley attended an information session about the release of the site for development.

It then goes on to talk about community engagement updates. In September 2017 there was a letter to the immediate residents notifying of the onsite investigations. In November a letter was sent to surrounding residents notifying of the project and how to stay informed. In November again, there was a project update


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