Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 March 2018) . . Page.. 694 ..
reclamation of a small portion of the lake bed to adjust the edge to the Griffins’ intended, formal structured alignment.
The majority of West Basin is currently carpark but the ACT Government is committed to transforming it into a precinct where people come to meet, celebrate and have fun.
That transformation includes a new public park on the West Basin headland. The next stage is the reclamation of a small area of lake bed to create a formal lake edge and boardwalk. A future final stage will see the development of a 55 metre wide public promenade which will include purpose built pavilions for cafes and tourist facilities, playgrounds and water play areas. The West Basin waterfront currently consists of three hectares of surface parking but when redeveloped it will have four hectares of public park and promenade.
Mixed-use land release is also proposed in West Basin between the promenade and the city, with a range of retail, residential and recreational spaces to provide a vibrant precinct, supported by a wide range of amenities and public infrastructure.
Detailed planning for the West Basin estate, comprising the mixed-use land release, has not yet started as the ACT Government’s priority is delivering the public waterfront and how to best resolve connectivity issues between the City and Lake Burley Griffin presented by Parkes Way. The ACT Government intends to broadly deliver the West Basin precinct as outlined in the National Capital Plan and The City Plan. These plans provided the concept planning and permit a range of building heights in the West Basin precinct, with taller buildings towards the city centre (up to 25m) and lower buildings closer to the waterfront promenade (no more than four storey).
The ACT Government will continue to progress planning of this area in order to realise the Griffins’ vision, and in a manner consistent with the National Capital Plan. The detail of these plans will be open to public consultation.
Torrens shops playground—petition 31-17
By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 16 March 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Jones on 30 November 2017 concerning a proposed upgrade of the playground at Torrens shops.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 30 November 2017 regarding petition No 31-17 lodged by Mrs Giulia Jones MLA, regarding proposed upgrades to the Torrens playground.
The ACT Government invested $2.7 million in 2016-17 in recognition of the important role play spaces have in fostering healthy communities. The investment included upgrades to four prioritised playgrounds located in Florey, Gowrie, Gungahlin and Evatt and installation of three natural play spaces in Barton, Tuggeranong and O’Connor.