Page 3282 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 17 September 2013

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Erindale group centre parking

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Erindale Group Centre—Parking—Church Parking Study—Summary Report, dated August 2013, prepared by Brown Smart Consulting for Roads ACT.

I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: For the information of members, I have tabled the government’s response. The Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday, 7 May 2013 to examine the parking situation around the Erindale group centre, including options for using the adjacent land to the church as an additional parking area. I have presented a summary report undertaken by Brown Consulting on behalf of Roads ACT entitled Erindale Group Centre—Church Parking Study. The objective of the study was to review the parking issues around the Erindale group centre, including on Sunday mornings, and identify whether the land adjacent to the group centre could be used for additional parking.

The government agrees with the details contained within the summary report and recognises the parking challenges. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge the study found that there was underutilisation of the Wynne Street car park near the Erindale College on Sunday mornings during the time of the main church service.

The Erindale master plan, which was completed in 2012, is used to guide future development proposals. The master plan proposes that the adjacent land could be utilised to provide a new road and car park and identifies provisional time scales to achieve this between five and 15 years.

The current zoning status of the adjacent land, which is classed as a community facility zone, prohibits the use of the land being developed into an additional car park. In line with the Erindale master plan, the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate is preparing to release a draft variation to the territory plan, DV320, in relation to the Erindale group centre, for public consultation in the near future. I am informed that the current draft includes a change of the zoning status of block 48 to CZ business, which will allow provision of a new street and car park in line with the Erindale master plan.

In the meantime, I would like to draw the community’s attention to the parking areas in Wynne Street around the corner on Sunday mornings when the church car park is full. I recommend that the Legislative Assembly note the Brown Consulting report.

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