Page 1349 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 April 2013

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an urban beach. Potential sites have been identified for these facilities so that sites can be reserved to future proof the city.

The other major components of the city to the lake project include: the transformation of Parkes Way into a smart boulevard that is split level, allows for free-flowing traffic at the lower level and introduces local city streets at the level above; traffic calming of Vernon Circle and London Circuit, together, of course, with a range of new streets to service the proposed West Basin residential and community areas; the integration and extension of the capital metro project to serve the entire city centre and to make connections with other town centres; a diverse city precinct at West Basin, along with new cultural facilities; residential apartments mixed with commercial, retail and cultural facilities, providing a home for 15,000 to 20,000 new residents over the next decade and beyond; and strategically located multi-use car parks that provide for event and commuter car parking.

The city to the lake project sits under the umbrella of the city plan. Both projects were announced by the Chief Minister late last month. The city plan focuses on the strategic direction of Civic and its surrounds, and feedback is being sought on the role of the CBD, transport options, future growth and infrastructure improvement. The city to the lake project is working in unison with the city plan.

The government believes that Canberra has a fantastic opportunity to make the most of one of our best attributes. So it is time for an urban waterfront, a beach, and for our city to be connected to our most beautiful lake. Linking the city to the lake is indeed a transformational project for our city, and it is a great example of forward thinking and progressive policies that are in place to ensure the city’s development in its second century.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how are the public infrastructure components of the plan likely to be built?

MR BARR: The project has a number of objectives and principles that ensure we are focusing on the unique qualities, significance and prominence of the site; that we are improving connectivity and public accessibility between the city, the waterfront, Commonwealth Park and City Hill; that we are recreating the waterfront and reconstructing Parkes Way to provide public connections to the lake and Commonwealth Park; that we support more people living in the city; that we ensure there is no detrimental impact on the existing city; that we ensure investment delivers a broad community benefit and enhances the viability of the project; that we leverage the natural competitive advantage that our city has as the nation’s capital; that we are able to ensure access to key infrastructure; and that we encourage sustainable development, design excellence and environmental leadership.

It is these objectives and principles that will guide both the public and private investment in the project, which will create both economic and social benefits for the community.

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