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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2027 ..

over the last few months, about the upgrades. We are now in the process of compiling that feedback. That will inform the final plans, which have not yet been developed.

Ms Lee: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat.

Ms Lee: The question specifically was about how many additional car parks. I ask that you ask the minister to direct—

MR STEEL: On the point of order, the Leader of the Opposition is asking me to make an announcement in question time about the final upgrades to the shops. I am just not in a position to do that, and I will not do it in question time.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee, a supplementary question?

MS LEE: Minister, does the government accept that there is an urgent need for more parking, with the Campbell shops servicing both Campbell and Reid, including their new apartment buildings?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. When proposals come forward for new developments, traffic and parking issues are considered. There are, of course, parking codes that are required to be complied with in relation to the development of new buildings. So each new building will have its own parking available. We will need to continue to work on what the impacts are as our city grows. This is not just going to be an issue in those areas; it will be an issue right across our city. We want to encourage people to take more sustainable forms of transport—active travel and public transport in particular.

We are not planning on significantly increasing parking in those areas. That would simply induce demand for more cars and more people parking in the streets and would make the problem even worse.

MS LAWDER: Minister, given the government’s plan for 70 per cent housing infill, do you agree that this parking issue will only continue to get worse?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. As the city grows, there will be challenges that we confront in relation to traffic in our city and parking more broadly. We need to make sure that there is an appropriate level of parking when new developments are built. That is done as part of the planning process. Working with the community, getting the community’s feedback, is part of that statutory process under the Planning and Land Development Act. We will continue to monitor the city as it grows and what measures we need to put in place. But we have been clear through our Transport Strategy that we will be shifting our investment towards public transport and active travel to make sure that people can move around more easily by foot, by bicycle, by the use of personal mobility devices or by getting onto public transport. That is the best and most sustainable way to grow as a city as our population grows to 500,000 by 2029.

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