Page 5305 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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In relation to traffic, the government is currently considering significant improvements to public transport provision on Northbourne Avenue and in north Canberra as a whole. There are also plans and programs to improve cycle path infrastructure.

In relation to building quality design, in July this year I convened a building quality forum. This involved industry and homeowner representatives identifying how to improve the quality of construction in the territory, particularly for multi-unit developments. At the suggestion of the forum, a number of working groups have been established to propose solutions to the issues raised. Short, medium and long-term measures will be reviewed over the next 18 months.

There is also ongoing broader policy review of the territory plan. Most notably, DV306 involves a comprehensive review of the residential codes. It also addresses the need for a range of multi-unit housing sizes, including one, two and three-bedroom dwellings. Of relevance to variation 310, Turner and the inner north generally, DV306 includes a requirement that where three or more bedroom houses are redeveloped, they must be replaced with at least the equivalent number of three-bedroom dwellings.

In direct response to the concerns raised in the public submissions, variation 310 has been amended. It now includes changes to the Turner control plans to create a seven-metre rear setback to blocks in Turner section 47 and section 63 blocks 12 to 21. This is specifically to create a deep-root planting zone and is consistent with the provisions elsewhere in Turner. This deep-root planting zone will protect sufficient space at the rear of these blocks for planting of trees in addition to the usual landscaping requirements for multi units.

I would like to thank the standing committee for its consideration and report on variation 310 and I commend the variation to the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Auditor-General’s Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 5/2010—Delivery of ACTION Bus Services—Government response.

Community Services Directorate—annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2010-2011—Community Services Directorate—Corrigendum.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

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