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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3209 ..


allow best practice mixed-use development. We want these blocks to provide a strong employment base and be a great place to live. I thank Ms Orr in particular for her focus on best practice mixed-use developments.

This precinct planning will be done with substantial community consultation. I have heard very strongly the desire from the Gungahlin community to have a say in the development of their town centre and this planning work responds to those calls. The current planning settings and Territory Plan already allow commercial development and best practice design. I would encourage our developers to be moving to better design outcomes now and not wait for a new planning system.

I would also like to reiterate that the government wants new employment in the Gungahlin town centre. It wants a planning system that is more outcomes and performance focused, rather than being prescriptive; it wants good design, high quality and mixed-use outcomes, and it wants all these in partnership with the local community. I am confident that we can do this through the new Territory Plan. I present the following papers:

Gungahlin Town Centre—Government response to Assembly resolutions of 10 February and 2 June 2021.

Gungahlin Town Centre—Ministerial statement, 10 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (10.29): I thank Mr Gentleman for tabling this response to Ms Orr’s and my motions about the future of the Gungahlin town centre, as well as the response to the petition that I sponsored on behalf of the Gungahlin Community Council. I thank all those who have been working to make the Gungahlin town centre better. As a Gungahlin resident and representative, I am very proud to have brought this important local issue to the Assembly. I will continue to unashamedly advocate for a better outcome for Gungahlin. We need to ensure the Gungahlin town centre does not become a dormitory suburb, dominated by apartment towers with small, empty tenancies on the ground floor.

I welcome the government taking a precinct approach to development and ensuring community views are involved in the process. The news that the blocks along Flemington Road east of Kate Crace Street will receive additional consultation is an important first step to achieving this. I note that the question of the future mix of residential and commercial in the Gungahlin town centre is not yet formally resolved.  The Indicative Land Release Program still has listed for sale each year unspecified blocks with 300 apartments for the next four years. I look forward to seeing this resolved in the pending government response to the planning committee’s report on draft variation 364. I will continue to stand up for the residents of Gungahlin to ensure that sufficient space is made available for commercial, for community, for trees and for outdoor space.


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