Page 2066 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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(a) that master plans give the community the opportunity to provide input on how an area may be developed into the future;

(b) the ACT Planning Strategy states that “a master plan is a high level plan that sets out outcomes, actions and urban design principles to guide and manage”;

(c) the omission of the Calwell precinct in the short and long term strategies set out in the ACT Planning Strategy;

(d) that the ACT Government plans to relocate ACT Emergency Services to the Calwell precinct;

(e) that a number of groups are expressing interest in establishing community facilities such as child care centres in the Calwell precinct; and

(f) the Tuggeranong Homestead, located in the Calwell precinct, holds significant historical and environmental value; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to develop a master plan for the Calwell precinct including Tuggeranong Homestead as a priority and table it in the Assembly no later than 30 June 2014.

This motion highlights the need for a strategic plan to be developed for the Tuggeranong Homestead and Calwell group centre. This motion has been brought on as a result of this government failing to acknowledge the importance and significance of this location.

Under this government’s watch, there has been a lack of proactive planning practice. Most of the master plans that have been released to date have been reactive policy development. This motion today presents an opportunity to get ahead of the curve and develop a master plan that is proactive in approach and ensures that the important site is utilised to deliver a vibrant centre in Tuggeranong’s east.

Today the focus is on the Calwell precinct, which surrounds the group centre. Calwell group centre services a wide-reaching area, which includes the suburbs of Calwell, Theodore, Richardson, Isabella Plains and even south into the Lanyon valley. Because of its close proximity to the Monaro Highway, Calwell also caters to the needs of those who reside in cross-border estates such as Royalla, and will potentially cater to the needs of Googong residents once that development becomes populated.

Calwell has rapidly become the heart of south Tuggeranong—a growing and vibrant community which has the added bonus of having at its heart the historically, environmentally and culturally valuable Tuggeranong Homestead.

Tuggeranong Homestead is a site that has a long history. It is a site that was used prior to European settlement by the Indigenous community, with William Edward Thomas Riley witnessing and recording a corroboree on the site as early as the 1820s. It houses the remnants of what was once a thriving grazing property.

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