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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) . . Page.. 411 ..


I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: In July of last year the government established the CRA under the CRA and SLA Act 2017. The authority was established to play the crucial role of coordinating and implementing world-class urban renewal within the defined precinct. The establishment of the authority ensures that as Canberra grows its city centre and immediate surrounds will further evolve into a thriving precinct with well-designed buildings and public spaces that improve activity, connectivity and sustainability.

As a territory authority, the CRA is required to prepare a statement of intent in accordance with section 61 of the FMA. The board of the CRA has prepared its first statement of intent following its establishment. The statement sets out the objectives and priorities for the CRA and how it will measure its success in achieving those. It was drafted, as was the case with the SLA, to incorporate the government’s intentions in establishing the authority and to reflect the priorities embodied in its legislation.

I wrote to the chair of the authority on 13 July 2017 to set out the government’s requirements and priorities in relation to the delivery of design-led, people-focused urban renewal in the precinct, which spans West Basin, the city, Haig Park, Northbourne Avenue and parts of the Dickson group centre. The government has stated that it expects that the performance of the authority and the board will be based on the principles of accountability, transparency and participation. Again, this statement of intent has been developed to achieve those expectations.

The authority will lead urban renewal in the city renewal precinct. To achieve this, it will forge strong and constructive partnerships with the community, industry and other stakeholders to create a place for people to live, explore and, most importantly, enjoy. The authority will measure its success by the development of a revitalised precinct that is sustainable, that is livable and attractive, that is diverse and that has an active residential population that has a strong sense of community. It will measure its success through the take-up of economic and business incubation opportunities for enterprises, small start-ups and creative people.

Specifically in the 2017-18 fiscal year, the authority will deliver the following project-related outcomes. In the city renewal precinct, it will deliver a plan for revitalisation of the city precinct, which will be people-centric with high quality urban environments at its heart. It will finalise the Haig Park master plan and implementation strategy. It will complete stage 1 of the West Basin precinct and progress work with the Australian government and other stakeholders on stage 2. It will progress improvements to the city bus interchange and its important functional interrelationship with the light rail network. It will develop a plan for the revitalisation of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings and the surrounding public realm.

It will set guidelines and standards to ensure that the landscape environment along Northbourne Avenue is befitting of the primary gateway to the national capital. It will identify opportunities for the future development and renewal of the Dickson group


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