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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3308 ..

benefit, such as a childcare centre or other community facilities, if they applied to take advantage of a four-storey bonus above the proposed height limits in the town centre. That requirement has been removed in the latest changes. Minister, why has the requirement for developers to provide a community benefit in order to qualify for the four-storey bonus above height limits for the Woden town centre been removed?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. My directorate worked with all of the Woden community in developing the master plan and the following variation—

Mr Hanson: All of them?

MR GENTLEMAN: Well, with as many of the community as they could, who presented quite a number of representations to both the master plan process and the variation to the Territory Plan. With regard to the particulars of Mr Hanson’s comments on four storeys and community benefits, the advice to me from EPSDD was that the outcomes for allowing those height limits were of benefit to the whole Woden community and the ACT.

MR HANSON: Minister, why wasn’t the community consulted about the changes to the Woden master plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: There was quite a bit of consultation—detailed consultation—with the Woden community in the drawing up of the master planning process and the draft variation process.

MR PARTON: Minister, why have you tried to sneak these changes through, rather than being open and up-front about your plans?

MR GENTLEMAN: I certainly have not snuck any changes through. We have been very open with the Canberra community and, of course, the Woden community. There have been a number of workshops, and quite a bit of representation from the Woden community to the directorate in the process of the master plan. We also held a roundtable with proponents from the Woden area and stakeholders. We have been very open during the process, and we look forward to implementing the changes to Woden to ensure lively opportunity for the Woden town centre. We intend to see light rail stage 2 go to Woden. It will be an exciting time for Woden in the near future.


MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. I refer to the Woden master plan, which you recently tabled, and the decision to remove the requirement for developers to provide community facilities in order to receive a four-storey bonus for developments in the Woden town centre. The site of the former Tradies club is one of the sites affected by the changes. Did the CFMMEU or its representatives meet with you, members of your office or members of your department in order to lobby for this change to the master plan?


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