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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 372 ..

connected? I provide this suggestion merely to highlight how we need to approach the problem with innovative thinking in order to create a town centre to be proud of.

Another part of the solution is to make mixed-use developments better, which is at the core of Ms Orr’s motion and which I also support. We need to improve the quality of mixed-use developments to increase the level of community spaces, have flexible fit-outs, increase job creation space within mixed-use developments, and create active precincts rather than isolated monstrosities.

The current model of mixed-use developments will establish a dormitory town centre, with a smattering of retail offerings on the ground floor. This motion calls for us to improve how we can make mixed-use developments work better for residents, businesses and the community. Mixed-use development is one part of the answer and may need to be improved.

Mr Assistant Speaker, I seek leave to move my amendments together.

Leave granted.



(1) New clause: “(1) (d) all parties in the Assembly during the 2020 election campaign committed to build a large community centre in the Gungahlin Town Centre;”

(2) New clause: “(2) (a) (vi) the creation of an entertainment precinct so as to enable a night time economy without impacting residents;”

I am seeking to amend the motion by adding two clauses. The first reflects the commitments made by all three parties present here in the Assembly during the 2020 election campaign for a large community space in the town centre. Such a facility, available for a variety of community groups, will provide a sorely needed venue contributing to the social and community fabric of Gungahlin. This amendment is to affirm this Assembly’s commitment to this being built for the people of Gungahlin.

My second amendment recognises the importance of good design in allowing for an entertainment district, to create more economic opportunities within the Gungahlin town centre in a way that does not impact on the amenities of residents. Designated entertainment precincts protect venues and residents. New apartments and hotels would have to include noise insulation, residents would be informed before they move in, and venues would have to meet realistic noise limits.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.43): I rise to support the motion moved by my Yerrabi colleague Ms Orr about Gungahlin town centre. I will say this as plainly as I can—Gungahlin is at risk of becoming a permanent commuter district. Unlike other town centres like Woden, Tuggeranong and Belconnen, there are limited employment opportunities in Gungahlin town centre. Yes, I know about the ACT government building. Yes, I know about Mitchell, and, yes, I know that DHA is moving in soon. But they are not enough for the entire district of Gungahlin.

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