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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3133 ..


is required for this project as it is a controlled action. We are looking forward to further engaging with the community again up until 19 December. We have opened a new YourSay consultation and we will be undertaking pop-ups with the community where we will be inviting them to talk with project officials who are engaged on this work. We will be undertaking further letter drops to invite people to have their say on this project, including the issues that have been raised already through the community and through Belconnen Community Council, where the project team has also presented on the alignment of the shared path on the eastern side of William Hovell Drive next to the suburb of Hawker, as well as the use of the off-lead dog area.

We are keen to hear from the community about those issues and any other issues they have any concerns about so they can be addressed in the next stage of consultation and before we move into construction.

MS CLAY: I am really pleased to hear that, Minister. Are there plans for TCCS to use that kind of deeper consultation for all of the major projects that we engage on?

MR STEEL: Yes, and we have been. This project was actually submitted prior to the government developing the pre-DA consultation guidelines. With all new projects since those guidelines have come out we will be undertaking quite significant engagement ahead of time. It will depend on the size of the project. Larger major projects obviously require greater amounts of consultation. With big projects like CIT Woden we have been undertaking many layers of different consultation with many different stakeholders. We will be launching a new consultation for that before the end of the year.

It really depends on the project, but with this one we are very keen to hear about the community’s views on not only the DA but the quite extensive piece of work in the environment impact statement that has been developed as part of this project—issues around noise mitigation, issues around the path alignment and the alignment of the duplication and any other issues that are raised by the community so that those can be taken into account in the design.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, have you received any positive feedback from the community to this deeper level of consultation for these projects?

MR STEEL: Absolutely. When we work with the community we can often get a great outcome, taking into account local considerations that may not have been considered by the project delivery partners, making sure that they are considered at the earliest opportunity and what measures can be put in place to make sure the benefits of each of these projects is realised and that we generate broader benefits for the community.

Next week I am holding a business roundtable on light rail stage 2A and raising London Circuit. We will be engaging deeply with businesses along the alignment on the western side of London Circuit. We are looking forward to hearing from those business also not only about how we can minimise the disruption associated with that project but how we can maximise the benefits for them as businesses along the corridor with this project in the short term and in the long term once it is completed.


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