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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3288 ..

Space Communication Complex, NASA, the ANU, the Parks and Conservation Service and ACT Heritage. With around 500 visitors expected to visit the site over the four-day celebrations, $391,000 is funded for walking track improvements at Orroral tracking station, the Orroral Geodetic Observatory and Honeysuckle Creek. An app will be created to help visitors understand the significance of the sites along the track.

On heritage, our territory is rich in Indigenous, European, natural and geological history. Through the better infrastructure fund, the government has committed $40,000 to upgrade the Canberra tracks program of self-drive tours of heritage sites by expanding the Canberra tracks app and signage. We have allocated $43,000 to develop a conservation management plan for the Aboriginal heritage places managed by the Parks and Conservation Service. More than $350,000 has been made available for the annual heritage grants program.

On planning and land management, the planning and land management portfolio has a very wide remit. The National Capital Design Review Panel is a joint initiative between the ACT government and the National Capital Authority to encourage improved quality of the built environment and public domain. The review panel will be made up of a range of experts and the review will allow for the exploration and testing of design concepts for significant public sector projects as part of the pre-development application process for large-scale private sector development proposals.

We are also looking at an engineer registration scheme. The government is committed to effective regulation of people designing buildings, including engineers. Potential regulatory schemes are being investigated for engineers working in the ACT or supplying services to ACT residents and businesses other than those covered by current reforms to the ACT building regulatory system. Funding of $35,000 in 2018-19 is for the early planning work, and $407,000 in 2019-20 is for completing the consultation and for completion of a regulatory impact statement.

On the Molonglo River Reserve, $3.182 million is allocated over four years to continue establishing the Molonglo River Reserve. And the former Molonglo sewage treatment ponds, including the current AFP bomb disposal site, will be remediated and rehabilitated. Habitat will be restored and enhanced and work will begin on a recreational hub at Catherine Park.

On the best of Canberra mountain bike experience, $347,000 is allocated over two years for preliminary design studies and community consultation on a new iconic and environmentally sustainable mountain bike trail loop for Canberra.

On urban renewal, a quick glance around the ACT indicates how much the government is doing in the urban renewal space. With regard to Dickson, the government is delivering on its commitment to community-focused urban renewal of section 72, Dickson. The renewal has the capacity to deliver Common Ground 2 and other social housing options close to the Dickson group centre and excellent public and active transport options. There is $1 million being provided to remove vacant buildings at the end of their useful life and to prepare sites for redevelopment.

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