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and infrastructure should be in the city, where they go and how big they are; growth in the city—what is an appropriate and sustainable mix of land use, and in what locations; transport and movement—what multiple modes will be required to support sustainable growth and improve access and movement around the city; public realm and design—the establishment of streets and spaces, and the development of consistent design parameters to guide residents and visitors around the city; and implementing change—identifying those key projects and initiatives and a program for these with community buy-in.
The discussion paper outlines these five areas and is available on the website, as the Treasurer has said. Also, the community can visit the marquee that is in Garema Place from today, all of this week and on Saturday. There will be representatives from various directorates across ACT government there to answer questions and to discuss the issues with the public.
This plan will be only as good as the consultation process and the number of people who get involved and let us know what they think. We have gone forward with some ideas to guide and perhaps generate some discussion, but we really do need people to get involved in this early stage of the planning for the city plan.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Chief Minister, how will the plan contribute to improving the urban amenity of the city and create a more environmentally responsible city?
MS GALLAGHER: The city plan will be the overarching document that guides development priorities for the city. It will help us to make critical decisions about big ideas and big projects for the city. There is no shortage of ideas around what people would like their city to look like. It is probably reaching agreement on those that will be the more difficult part of the discussion.
Looking at some of the projects that other ministers are leading, the city to the lake project which the Treasurer has led will be a subset of the city plan, as will be the work that flows out from the capital metro project. But there is other work around Northbourne Avenue that is underway as well. So there are a number of different projects that would fit underneath the city plan. The key with the city plan is making sure that it provides that overarching guidance that all those smaller plans, each equally significant in their own right, can follow, that it is integrated and that it is led by a series of priorities which are achievable and will truly make this city centre a great heart of Canberra and the local region.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, the Australian government’s liveable cities program articulates with the city plan. Could you give us some detail about what that actually means, please?
MS GALLAGHER: The liveable cities project is being managed by the commonwealth government right around Australia. It is looking at what planning