Page 4746 - Week 11 - Thursday, 20 October 2011

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region surrounding us. That settlement should be done in a coordinated fashion and in a fashion that provides us with the opportunity to ensure we have effective transport links, in particular, between the city and those regional settlements.

Of course, it is important to recognise too that the changing demographics of our city are driving this demand, at least in a significant part, for new housing types. As people age and as household formation changes and the number of people in a household continues to reduce, demand for more and more dwellings continues to increase, for example, people wanting to move from larger homes into smaller dwellings. People who are only ever going to be a one-parent household, for example, need a different type of dwelling from a family of four or five.

So all these things need to be recognised in the draft planning strategy, and the draft planning strategy seeks to recognise that that diversity of housing type must be accommodated and must be provided for by ensuring that there are a range of development opportunities around the city, both in the suburban and regional environments but also, importantly, around centres and along transport corridors.

MS PORTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how does the land use planning strategy link to the transport strategy that you also released recently and how will the government ensure that these key, important policies work together?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. It is, I think, very important to know that the draft transport for Canberra plan, which I released a fortnight ago, is very much a sister document of the draft planning strategy. It recognises that the provision of frequent, reliable and efficient transport services has to occur along those key corridors which are also the corridors identified in the draft planning strategy as areas for urban intensification.

The government has released both of these draft plans together so that people can see the full picture, not just the land use planning decisions but also the transport service delivery and infrastructure decisions. Together, they provide a complete picture of how the government is working to provide for a more sustainable city, to provide better transport choices for Canberrans, to provide a greater diversity of housing choices for Canberrans. It is important, I think, when people look at the draft planning strategy, they also have regard to the work that has occurred in the draft transport for Canberra plan to see the entire picture.

As an example of the work the government is doing to follow through on these interim strategic directions, obviously significant work already is occurring in relation to the Northbourne Avenue transit corridor, an important example of how planning ties in closely with strategies outlined in relation to transport. Also, the master planning for Tuggeranong and Erindale also includes Erindale Drive as a major transport corridor. Master planning for Athllon Drive will look at potential residential capacity in these areas.

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