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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 February 2018) . . Page.. 125 ..

was, in my view, a very successful process. The findings have now been used to inform changes to the Territory Plan and are also informing public works currently underway in and around the town centre.

We also use a range of additional engagement and communication methods to engage with as many people as possible, particularly with community sectors that are not often well represented at typical engagement events, such as youth groups and the older generation.

Why don’t we use the Woden town centre master plan as an example of how important it is for this government to focus on the future of our town centres? I wish to emphasise that not only is renewal important in these centres but it is already happening. The draft Woden town centre master plan focuses on the renewal of a centre by setting a new standard for development and providing more certainty for developers and the community by identifying key areas for renewal opportunity.

We worked closely with the community to ensure the master plan would consider the needs of the current and future community. The master plan anticipates the opportunity for light rail and therefore recommends high density residential development in the centre and within close walking distance in the Phillip service trade areas and along Athllon Drive. The master plan will recommend changing planning controls for the centre to increase the amount of high density residential land in appropriate locations and improve the urban design outcome for the new developments.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Ms Le Couteur for her motion and the opportunity to show how the government is working hard for a diverse and exciting urban planning agenda to support and facilitate the types of communities that we aspire to for our city.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (11.14): I thank members for their contributions to the debate this morning. We have heard quite a diverse range of views in this chamber on what constitutes urban renewal and what constitutes effective urban renewal, and we have heard in the comments from members quite a diverse range of views on how best to achieve the range of outcomes that we could collectively say we are seeking for different parts of our city.

I will make a couple of brief observations before moving the amendment that has been circulated in my name. It is important that we are relentlessly positive about the future not only of town centres within our city but of Canberra overall. We are in a competitive environment for investment that is sourced from within Canberra and the limited pool of capital that is held within this city that we have available to either government or the private sector. Most of the new capital that will be required to invest in infrastructure and in transforming urban renewal infrastructure will necessarily be sourced from elsewhere in Australia, particularly, and in certain circumstances internationally. What we need to undertake over the coming period is the detailed planning work that the planning minister outlined in his contribution and the practical implementation of that work on the ground.

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