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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2611 ..


As you have heard, a stakeholder panel met on 29 July to discuss how the community in the area would like to be consulted in the ACT planning review and to identify the planning matters important to the inner south community. Invitations were sent out to inner south residents groups—

Mr Coe: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please, minister.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, on relevance, the question was specifically about there being no master plan for Manuka Oval and is this the position of the government? He has not addressed whether there would be no master plan for Manuka Oval.

Mrs Dunne: It is a yes/no answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: You may be seeking a yes/no answer but I cannot direct the minister to do that. He has spent over a minute speaking about planning around Manuka. You have time left, minister.

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. In relation to the interruption, there is, of course, a master plan already for Manuka. But what we are doing is further work with the inner south community and the Manuka community to ensure that we can embed their views in the planning review for the whole of the ACT but in particular regarding their interest in Manuka itself.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, do the 25 master plans already endorsed by the government no longer have standing, based on comments by planning officials?

MR GENTLEMAN: Master plans are an integral part of planning for the future of Canberra. What they do is guide the way we plan for the future and then the authoritative opportunities come after that with changes to the Territory Plan in Territory Plan variations. They are, of course, the key component in authorising changes to the Territory Plan. Those master plans have done a lot of work for the ACT. Master planning will continue across the territory but it is a guide for planning for the ACT.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why has the government broken the Chief Minister’s previous commitment in this place to develop a new master plan for Manuka Oval?

MR GENTLEMAN: I do not agree with the premise of the question. Indeed, we have been working very hard with the Manuka groups and have committed to making sure they are embedded in the ACT planning review.

Government—space policy

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries. Minister, how did the ACT government help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing? And how will the minister be celebrating his birthday today?


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