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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3199 ..

Town Centre. I understand that the SLA offered to engage with the Community Council and other stakeholders via a placemaking approach for the remaining town centre land releases, however, the SLA remained committed to auctioning the sites on 12 May 2021. The auction proceeded and the sites were sold, several months before the petition was subsequently lodged with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.

I note that the SLA has also offered the opportunity to work with the Gungahlin Community Council and the wider Gungahlin community on how the sale of future blocks, consistent with the Government’s Indicative Land Release Program, are brought to the market, the provision of open space and the interface with the linear park and future public realm.

Inquiry into DV364 and Assembly Resolution of 10 February 2021

As I noted above, the Committee has now tabled a report in response to the inquiry into DV364 and the Government will now consider the recommendations made. The changes to the Territory Plan proposed through the variation were the result of considered planning work and extensive community engagement. While I note that the petition called for investigation into reasons for what was characterised as a ‘significant reduction of commercial zoning resulting from DV364’, I am satisfied that the Committee process provides the relevant and appropriate scrutiny called for.

Concurrently with my response to this petition as Minister for Planning and Land Management, I am tabling the Government’s response to Legislative Assembly resolutions of 10 February 2021, moved by Ms Orr MLA, and of 2 June 2021, moved by Mr Braddock MLA. In this way, all relevant matters before the Assembly on the planning and future development of the Gungahlin town centre are responded to in a manner that allows clear consideration.

Objectives of the Gungahlin District Community and Recreational Facilities Assessment

I confirm that the objectives of the Gungahlin District Community and Recreational Facilities Assessment are to:

determine the study area’s current and future demand for community and recreation facilities and identify gaps in service provision;

identify blocks of vacant ACT Government owned land in areas within the district of Gungahlin that may be suitable for full market value community uses and community concessional uses and recreational uses;

recommend which community use, or mix of community uses, are most suitable for the vacant blocks identified, making particular delineation between full market value and community concessional uses, and provide advice about which site(s) could be prioritised for community use; and

provide commentary on the most appropriate community or recreational use/s for Blocks 12 and 13 Section 132 Casey and the proposed Gungahlin Community Centre including size requirements.

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