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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3971 ..

Planning—Ginninderra Estate

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. In response to the EIS for the 330,000 volt powerline currently being constructed east of Ginninderra Estate in Holt one representation noted that photographs were misleading and that therefore “no accurate or objective impression can be gained that might lead the minister to reach a reasonable conclusion with regard to the impact of the proposed powerlines on the estate”. Moreover, the EIS admits that potential social or economic impacts associated with the project were considered only through a desktop review without anyone actually visiting the site. Minister, why did you ignore warnings about misleading images designed to minimise potential impacts when you used your call-in powers to approve this project?

MR GENTLEMAN: I considered all of the evidence put to me by the experts in that decision.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, did you instruct anyone from the Planning and Land Authority to visit the site to verify the accuracy of the images in the EIS before you approved this project? If not, why not?

MR GENTLEMAN: No, as I said, I took the evidence provided by the experts and made my decision based on that evidence.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, will you now visit Ginninderra Estate to observe the impact that the 49-metre-high steel towers are having on those who leased blocks and built homes there after you approved this project? If not, why not?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have visited the estate on several occasions.

Housing—Common Ground

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the delivery of Canberra’s second Common Ground, in Dickson?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question on the delivery of this important election commitment. Recently I was joined by the Common Ground board and Minister Stephen-Smith, as well as residents and management of the first Common Ground, in Gungahlin, to release the concept designs and begin the pre-DA consultation for the second Common Ground, which is being built on the former Downer Club site in Dickson.

The concept designs carefully consider the community and stakeholder feedback gathered throughout 2018 as part of broader consultation around section 72. The design includes 40 class C adaptable units, with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom dwellings, and a flexible space on the ground floor with a range of potential uses, including community use.

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