Page 159 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 8 December 2004

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MR CORBELL: Nice try, Mrs Dunne! This morning I was very pleased to join the federal Minister for Territories and Local Government in launching the Griffin legacy project at Parliament House. The Griffin legacy project is an initiative of the National Capital Authority, and the ACT Planning and Land Authority has been closely involved in its development. In fact, we had representation at senior officer level on the reference group that assisted in the development of the strategy.

Mr Gentleman asked me how it complements the work of the ACT government. I am very pleased to advise members that I believe the Griffin legacy project, in a very significant way, represents an unparalleled level of cooperation on the broad vision for the future growth and development of the central area of Canberra—in a way that we have not seen since self-government.

The reason for that is that the Griffin legacy project mirrors very closely the government’s own initiatives through the Canberra plan, particularly the spatial plan, but also our master planning exercises on behalf of the city west—work that we are now doing through the Canberra central program on the growth and development of the city.

The Griffin legacy project says that there should be more urban intensification within the central city area. In particular, the Griffin legacy project highlights Constitution Avenue as an opportunity for residential development that could accommodate up to 22,000 additional residents—a very significant redevelopment along the stretch of Constitution Avenue.

Of course, the territory owns significant parcels of land along that corridor and we will be continuing to work very closely with the National Capital Authority as it undertakes further work to implement the Griffin legacy project. The Griffin legacy project says—something that the ACT government has been saying very strongly since its election—that we have to focus development on areas that bring the city to life, with support public transport and with support intensification of uses and activity in the central area. The Griffin legacy has confirmed that the approach taken by the ACT government is, indeed, the approach that is needed for Canberra.

I am very pleased that we set the track through the strategic planning process with the spatial plan. The NCA has now done a very significant body of work incorporating its detail for its area of responsibility around the central national area and we now have an unparalleled opportunity to work cooperatively with the National Capital Authority to implement this vision—a vision which strengthens the city heart, which makes the city the dynamic centre of Canberra, which brings life and activity to the city and which brings economic development and activity into the city.

These are the objectives of the government. I am very proud to say that the Griffin legacy project confirms and supports the initiatives that the ACT government has taken through its economic white paper, through its spatial plan and through the Canberra plan framework overall. It is something on which we will continue to work very closely with the National Capital Authority.

MR GENTLEMAN: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Can the Minister for Planning advise the Assembly how the Griffin legacy plan ties in with the OECD report?

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