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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2248 ..


MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.06): As an MLA for Murrumbidgee and a resident of Hughes, I have a keen interest in the Red Hill integrated plan and proposed development at Federal Golf Club.

I note that the Red Hill Regenerators support the recently released Red Hill integrated plan as it provides protection for biodiversity and increases the woodland areas in Red Hill reserve. The Conservation Council confirmed via email on Monday that they stand by these comments made to the Canberra Times and published on 24 July:

The Conservation Council is pleased that the Integrated Plan for Red Hill provides protection for the northern end of the Federal Golf course against future commercial and/or residential redevelopment that would have impacted heavily on the ecological values of the nature reserve and woodland. 

We continue to advocate for the inclusion of 12.5 hectares of high quality woodland to be rezoned into Red Hill Nature Reserve once the plan is finalised.

The proposed low impact development of the south end of the site will require ongoing monitoring to ensure that it delivers the best environmental outcome for the area, including appropriate buffers between the development and the woodlands.

The Conservation Council have stated they would be concerned if development were to be shifted to the northern end of the course as ecological impacts of development are likely to be significantly higher than at the southern end.

I am a steadfast believer in the principles of grassroots participatory democracy and community engagement in decision-making for our local neighbourhoods. That is why I was pleased to see the Garran Residents Association hold a community meeting on Saturday, where Federal Golf Club provided a detailed presentation on their proposed development, including maps not previously published, and answered questions from local residents. The questions that I heard during the meeting covered a range of concerns, including financial viability of the club, bushfire risks, water use, traffic on Kitchener and Brereton Streets, and biodiversity.

It is my hope that residents and the Federal Golf Club will continue to engage in constructive, respectful and honest conversations about the future of our neighbourhood.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education—system review

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.08): I welcome the


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