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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) . . Page.. 351 ..


In regards to the second item, the current Territory Plan provisions do not specify a building height for the Woden town centre which has led to some confusion. The Woden master plan and subsequent Territory Plan variation aim to provide a measure of certainty by introducing maximum building heights for development across the town centre. The building heights included in DV344 do not in themselves guarantee development approval, as development will also need to demonstrate that it does not detrimentally impact on the amenity of surrounding areas and meets other requirements. This means that development applications will still be required to demonstrate that they are compatible with the surrounding area.

It is noted that the Committee has recommended reducing the maximum building height on section 3 to match what was previously approved on the site, which was a development up to 19 storeys. This recommendation will be considered prior to finalising the variation.

In relation to the third item, the proposed marker building provisions in DV344 are based on the approved Woden town centre master plan. As noted previously, the Committee has recommended that the marker building provisions remain, though reduced to 19 storeys. I will carefully consider the recommendations made by the Committee.

Any future development applications for development within sections 3 or 9 will be assessed by the planning and land authority in accordance with the relevant planning legislation and provisions in the Territory Plan, and be subject to consultation with the community.

Greenway playground shade—petition 4-18

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.18), by leave: Playgrounds are, we all understand intuitively, important for our children. They enable them to develop their imagination and dexterity, and their physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. We talk a lot about healthy weight and anti-obesity measures. Playgrounds have an important part to play in those as well.

In Australia our weather, especially the sun, means that it can be important to provide shade in, around and near playgrounds. The petition calls on a sunshade to be installed at this particular playground near Lake Tuggeranong in Greenway. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Providing shade at this playground is a great way to reduce the risk of skin cancer or skin damage for our young children.

This particular area in Greenway has been really coming forward in leaps and bounds. There has been a new learn-to-ride park built there. I have corresponded with the minister on numerous occasions about how much that learn-to-ride park is appreciated and well utilised. We are also seeing a lot of investment in the improvement to water quality around Lake Tuggeranong. Of course, the community contributes through lake clean-ups—Clean Up Australia Day, Keep Australia Beautiful et cetera.


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