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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2262 ..

keeping vehicle speeds at 10 kilometres per hour while providing safe and direct access for drop off and pick up. Major Projects Canberra staff are out in the community right now speaking with residents, commuters and workers about how they might use the shared zone and what inclusions they would like to see in its design. This is an example of how community engagement and consultation has also informed the design of the public transport interchange.

Community consultation has helped bring forward our commitment to active travel by increasing bike-and-ride facilities and bike storage. This supports the government’s commitment to see our active travel network and public transport system working together to move people around more sustainably through genuine integration of our transport system with other modes of transport.

The CIT campus will also have a publicly accessible ground floor that will improve access through to Westfield, supported by better wayfinding and signage. This was something else that we knew was important to the community, as well as adequate shelter from the elements in the interchange.

As work progresses on the design of the CIT campus, further consideration will be given to how the design can complement the bus stops in the interchange and provide for sheltered waiting areas. We have heard that users want clean and usable public toilets that are accessible from the interchange. I can announce that we will be including public toilets accessible from the interchange as part of the construction of the new CIT campus.

Ongoing consideration is needed on the landscaping for all parts of the project. The government will be taking the opportunity to increase canopy coverage across the whole footprint of the integrated project, and we will ensure that landscaping treatments are sustainable in the microclimate. This is just one of the examples of how the four packages of work should not be seen as siloed developments. We will maintain a focus on integration throughout the delivery of these projects to ensure that the needs of the community, public transport users and CIT staff and students are met across the entire project and packages of work.

Another important element of the broader project is the development of a youth foyer, creating a safe space for young people to live while completing their education, including through the CIT. It will provide housing for up to 20 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are at risk. The design’s aim is to build a welcoming, comfortable, secure place for residents that they can be proud to call home.

Linking youth foyers to educational institutions is considered best practice in wrap-around service delivery, and I am pleased that, by locating a youth foyer directly into an educational institution like the CIT, this will further showcase this world-leading integrated model.

The final component of the project is the delivery of a new culturally appropriate building for Yurauna, CIT’s dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational centre of excellence. Community leaders and educators have determined that the Bruce CIT campus provides the most suitable location for Yurauna in a

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