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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 709 ..


MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. This was a mistake that was made by officials. It has been rectified. This may have caused some people distress, but I do not think that it is going to result in any outcome which will see those trees removed. The community can rest assured that those trees will not be removed at this time.

Planning—Gungahlin

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Following community concerns about the planning outcomes in the Gungahlin town centre, the government commenced the Gungahlin town centre planning refresh process with draft variation 364, which has now expired. What is the government’s plan to ensure that the remainder of the undeveloped land in the Gungahlin town centre meets the Gungahlin community’s needs?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. There is ongoing interest by people in Gungahlin in how their town centre is going forward. Mr Braddock gave some information on DV364, which was the town centre planning refresh initiated on 18 November 2019, I think. DV364 went forward and the Assembly passed a resolution, members will remember, by Ms Orr, Mr Braddock and Ms Castley seeking government support for further development in the town centre. That resolution does not require a report back, but we are doing work and we are sending 364 to the standing committee as well.

MR BRADDOCK: How will you ensure that the revision to 364 actually meets community needs, unlike the previous iteration?

MR GENTLEMAN: I remind members that 364 has not expired. That is why I have had to send it to the planning committee. Once it is signed, there is an opportunity for members from the Gungahlin community and anybody else that has an interest to talk to the committee about what they would like to see for the future of Gungahlin.

MR DAVIS: Minister, is the government satisfied that the current level of community-zoned land is meeting demand?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Davis for his question. There is a challenge with community-zoned land right across the ACT, and we need to make sure that we have enough, as we densify across the ACT, for people to do what they want to do with community facility-zoned land. We know that there is a very strong interest in it, particularly in Gungahlin. I would like to see the work the committee will be doing, and the input from the community on that, to decide whether we need more community facility-zoned land in that area but also generally across the ACT.

Business—Better Regulation Taskforce

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, I understand that the Better Regulation Taskforce recently commenced. What will this mean for small businesses operating in the Murrumbidgee electorate and Canberra more broadly?


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