Page 1460 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 10 April 2013

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The community will still be able to be involved as implementation of the master plan occurs, either through notification on variations to the territory plan, such as the introduction of the precinct code, or through notification on development applications as they are lodged.

Another master plan announced in September last year—I had the pleasure of attending the announcement, along with ministers Corbell and Burch—was the Erindale master plan. This, again, has been two years in the making, with community consultation being one of the major priorities of this project. The comprehensive document that has been produced through these consultations shows what local residents have been wanting in their local area.

A full transport hub has been discovered as the key priority for Erindale, with the master plan proposing an extra 1,200 car spaces, a new bus station and better walking and cycling, as well as the construction of new roads to improve traffic flow in and out of the shopping district of Erindale to ease congestion on surrounding main roads, including the extension of Ricardo Street west to Erindale Drive with lighted intersections to provide greater access to Gartside Street and the centre. Those are just a few of the recommendations to ensure the longevity of this important town hub in servicing residents and local suburbs.

With consultation similar to that on the Tuggeranong master plans, stakeholders and residents have been consulted every step of the way. Residents, businesses and community groups have all had an opportunity to contribute and have their say. With implementation to run over the next 30 years to fully revitalise the whole town centre that is such a valued hub to its residents, consultation does not end here. Consultation will continue throughout all the stages of the implementation.

I mentioned the Tuggeranong town centre master plan. The town centre park is a popular and important area of space adjacent to the Tuggeranong town centre. It provides a range of recreational opportunities for the Tuggeranong community. Since the town park opened in 1995, the community’s needs and demands have changed with the increase in residential development adjacent to the town centre. It is important to plan for the next stage of the park’s life, as the demand for contemporary and well-designed recreational facilities increases.

Some of the recommendations of the draft master plan for the town park include improved pedestrian and cycle access into the park with new paths, redesign of the formal garden area to include an area for casual games such as petanque—the facilities could include a level gravel playing surface, shade pavilions, lighting and power outlets—new entries into the formal garden from Anketell and Cowlishaw streets to allow greater visual connections between the park and the town centre, a new interface to the skate park and upgrade of the facilities—in the longer term, of course—and an activities area for young people that incorporates elements like rock climbing walls and climbing poles, half-court sports areas and the like.

I had the opportunity of attending the Tuggeranong Community Council when this master plan was put up for consultation. I can say that the members there thought that

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