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we seem to have a problem. Yesterday Minister Barr quite rightly pointed out the benefits of a master plan for that centre. I quote:
… the master planning program promotes the rejuvenation of our suburban group centres like Dickson.
I can pre-empt what those on the other side will say about my motion today. They will pat themselves on the back for the Erindale master plan and the Tuggeranong master plan, which have both been completed. Only last week we debated in this place a motion brought on by Mr Seselja which discussed parking issues around the Erindale shopping centre. The Erindale master plan will, hopefully, one day address these issues, but is currently challenging the residents and the business owners of that precinct.
In 2011 Mr Smyth moved a motion which called on the then government, among other things:
… to postpone the proposed sale of Section 790, Block 5 in Calwell until it has developed a master plan for the Calwell commercial and shopping precinct and the surrounding area.
At the time this motion was debated, the ACT planning strategy was still in draft form. However, the draft planning strategy, whilst a little contentious in parts, at least provided some hope for the communities that the haphazard approach that had been taking place previously might be coming to an end. It is imperative to establish a mechanism or process to ensure the activation and regeneration of group centres and local shopping precincts.
Today this government has an opportunity to be proactive. It has the opportunity to ensure that the community needs and expectations are met as the Calwell community precinct grows. This can only be genuinely achieved if the proper planning is carried out and a master plan is developed.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (5.00): This motion today from Mr Wall relates to the Calwell local centre, the Calwell group centre, in the southern Tuggeranong valley and the challenges for the area, now and into the future.
Canberra is facing challenges—the challenges of a growing population, vulnerability to climate change and energy security. To ensure long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability, we need to decide now what we are prepared to do and how we will manage it for a sustainable future.
The ACT planning strategy recognises the drivers of the change and the need for us as a community to respond appropriately. The planning strategy responds to the community’s shared vision for how our city will grow and develop in the long term. The overarching strategic policy, the Canberra plan, sets the scene for the breadth of public policy provision, from the provision of community facilities to opportunity for development and urban renewal. Under that, the planning strategy underpins the