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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 377 ..


establishing guidance and outcomes for development in districts and for areas of growth and change.

As noted, the approach that we are taking with the planning and review and reform project will respond to, as the motion referenced, clear design principles for active precincts. We agree and recognise the critical contribution that good design makes in creating vibrant precincts that take account of all occupants.

A key objective of the ACT planning system review and reform project, reiterated in the Tenth Legislative Assembly parliamentary and governing agreement, is to improve built form and public realm outcomes across the territory. As noted earlier, we continue to consider best practice for planning and design and look to other jurisdictions to find examples that might be relevant. As part of the planning system review and reform project, we have already undertaken an examination of some international and national planning systems for lessons and best practice examples.

I also note that the National Capital Design Review Panel, established by the ACT government in partnership with the National Capital Authority, is a positive initiative that provides consistent city-wide design review for major developments and redevelopments across Canberra. Design and review is an effective and cost-effective way to enhance the design quality of development proposals, including buildings, public infrastructure and the public domain. The intent of the Design Review Panel is to support each development proposal realising its full potential through independent peer review, for the benefit of the ACT community.

I completely agree with Ms Orr that the local community needs to be engaged on development in the town centre. We will continue to engage with Gungahlin residents on the decisions that affect them, particularly as the planning review and reform project progresses.

In conclusion, I endorse Ms Orr’s motion that the long-term viability of our town centres is connected to the ongoing review and ability to respond to industry, community, change and best practice. I thank Ms Orr for her ongoing advocacy for her local community. While Gungahlin may be young, there is a lot of opportunity to be a lively exemplar of development and community.

Amendments agreed to.

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.59), by leave: I move the amendment circulated in my name:

After (2) “centre”

Insert “ensuring that there are additional employment opportunities in Gungahlin by,”

Amendment agreed to.

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (12.00): In closing, I am very happy to support both the amendments today and very happy with the debate that we have had, where we can


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