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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3293 ..

$100,000 investment in the 2018-19 budget. The primary focus is Woden town centre, which will provide lessons to inform the development of an ACT place-making guide. The funding in the ACT budget in the EPSD portfolio and TCCS portfolio will support place-making initiatives which will enhance the use of the public realm and support the continued regeneration of the town centre.

This marks a very exciting time of growth and regeneration for Woden. As members know, we have been working with Street Furniture Australia on the #WodenExperiment place-making initiative in the town square. It is envisaged that there will be a six-month installation to make the town square a better place for people to connect and be.

I am very optimistic about Woden’s future, not only because we are already seeing regeneration occurring, but because we are also seeing significant new investments in Woden through the budget, including the Transport Canberra and City Services measures that have already been debated in that part of the budget debate, delivering funding for improvements to public transport, including the upgrade to the Woden interchange, investment in light rail to Woden, better public spaces and public footpaths and cycleways in our town centres.

I also want to mention that the budget measures to improve public spaces are complemented by the continuing work on city planning and place making by my Labor colleague Suzanne Orr MLA, who has, since her election, been working closely with the community on the making space initiative, bringing together architects, city planners and landscape architects and engineers to discuss how city design can respond to the needs of people who experience our city.

We are a government that cares about providing better spaces for people. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the Minister for Planning and Land Management and the minister for the environment on new and innovative ways to activate public spaces around Canberra.

I would like to take this opportunity today to highlight another measure in the EPSD portfolio, to upgrade the Mount Taylor entry on Sulwood Drive and trail upgrades on the mountain. One of the reasons Canberra is such a great place to live is our parks and nature reserves. There are now over 4,000 visitors to Mount Taylor nature reserve every month. Our government wants to provide quality paths and access for even more visitors to come and enjoy our fantastic Mount Taylor reserve as our city grows.

This measure in the budget will include upgrades of the reserve entry, landscaping, signage upgrades and alignment with the existing car park to better manage visitor access. The reserve entry design will set a template for urban reserve entries across Canberra. Planning work on these upgrades will begin soon, with works anticipated to be completed by mid-next year. This work on the Mount Taylor nature reserve in the EPSD portfolio complements the continuing conversation and work we are doing with the community on the Mount Taylor car park on Sulwood Drive.

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