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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2263 ..


natural bush setting. This will allow a new culturally appropriate, standalone facility to be developed for the centre so that it can continue and expand the important support services it provides to CIT students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and support the renewal of the CIT Bruce campus.

In conclusion, I am looking forward to continuing to update the Assembly in the future on the progress of this project in delivering world-class vocational education and training throughout the ACT, including though the CIT Woden campus project, integrated with an interchange that provides better public transport connectivity and which together are anchoring the regeneration of Woden town centre.

I present the following paper:

CIT Woden and Woden Interchange—Update—Ministerial statement, 4 August 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.55): Thank you, Minister Steel. I share the minister’s excitement about the range of infrastructure improvements occurring across the Woden town centre. It is a time of significant change. With change often comes uncertainty and a period of disruption, as well as great opportunity. I commend the minister and the ACT government on the extensive community consultation that is being undertaken to initially inform these important changes and make sure that they reflect the needs and desires of the community, as well as the communications that are being delivered to keep the community updated about what is happening.

With so much underway, it is great to see it all brought together in one central portal on the Woden renewal website. For anyone who has not yet visited that site or has not done so recently, I encourage you to check it out. It provides an excellent overview, as well as information about consultation opportunities. It is a great example of using digital technology to good effect, with interactive features which clearly map the various projects underway. It provides an intuitive reference point and easy-to-understand information.

The new CIT campus and transport interchange are the current priorities and areas of focus, together with works being undertaken for the hospital expansion. The new purpose-built CIT campus at Woden will help transform and rejuvenate the area, with a sense of vibrancy to be achieved through the steady and constant stream of foot traffic and pedestrian and other movement in the area. Woden is an excellent choice for the location of this important education facility, which will attract a broad demographic and diversity to the area.

The sustainable design of the CIT Woden campus reflects ACT government policies and provides a positive contribution towards modernising our city, utilising best-practice design solutions. I am really pleased that the final design for the campus will see a number of small buildings spread over a larger footprint rather than one


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