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will catalyse things in the other. The Molonglo development, for instance—Canberra’s latest greenfield front—has been designed with deliberate and close collaboration between the transport planners in the Department of Territory and Municipal Services and the land use planners in the ACT Planning and Land Authority. This collaboration has allowed Molonglo to be planned as an accessible urban space with excellent walking and cycling connectivity and a street design that will support effective and frequent public transport services.

The high-density residential zones and mixed-use development will be oriented around a transit corridor. Similarly, the future East Lake development will incorporate sustainable, transport friendly features to create a lively, high-density urban community, a showcase of sustainable development.

While we are stuck with the legacy of our geographic sprawl, we can make significant changes. We can retrofit our spaces. An example of that is occurring in Belconnen, where transport is being better integrated into the shopping centre and other public spaces and office spaces, with new transit corridors giving residents of Belconnen greater opportunities for moving easily around the town centre and beyond.

The notion of integrating transport and land use planning is becoming a well-established part of how our agencies work together. This is reflected in ACTPLA’s sustainable futures program, which commenced in 2008. It has run a number of well-attended public forums and generated robust and informed debate.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Burch): The discussion is concluded.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.13): I move:


(1) the Standing Committee on Public Accounts inquire into:

(a) potential changes required to the Gaming Act due to the unforseen circumstances raised by the potential sale of the Labor Club Group and therefore proposed profit taking by the ACT Branch of the Labor Party and the national office of the Australian Labor Party;

(b) given the circumstances, the appropriateness of the Chief Executive Officer of the Gambling and Racing Commission being a public servant;

(c) concerns raised in a letter from the President of the ACT Labor Club Group to various members of the Australian Labor Party relating to outside interference in the operation of the Labor Club and the potential implications under the gaming, corporations and tax law; and

(d) whether the sale of licensed clubs for profit would undermine the community gaming model and is in keeping with the spirit of the Gaming Act; and

(2) the committee report by the first sitting week in 2010.

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