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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 August 2014) . . Page.. 2039 ..

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Mr Doszpot, by leave, presented the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Canberra Brickworks and environs—Redevelopment—Mr Doszpot (4,181 signatures).

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the petition I have presented.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, I have presented a petition signed by 4,181 Canberra residents calling for current plans for the development of the Canberra brickworks and environs to be withdrawn and reworked. The petition asks for the reworked plan to be in harmony with the existing dwellings and layout of the suburb; address the significantly increased traffic flow within Yarralumla and the neighbouring suburbs of Deakin and Curtin; provide detailed and fully costed plans for the immediate preservation of the brickworks; provide extensive public reports and costings for the safe removal of asbestos and other contaminated materials; explain and illustrate how existing utilities will cope with the doubling of demand; and provide detailed information on improved public transport options, community facilities and new amenities.

The Canberra brickworks and environs planning and development strategy prepared by the ACT Land Development Agency for the government was released in May this year. As proposals go, its promotion has not gone well. In response to this, local Canberra communities in the inner south and even further afield have come together to let the government know that their strategy has not been well received for a number of reasons.

This petition has its genesis in the 2010 plan for the redevelopment of the brickworks. At the time concern was expressed about the number of new dwellings, the need for restoration of the historic brickworks and the traffic infrastructure that would need to support such development.

We move forward four years and there is now a plan that not only does not address any of the concerns raised in the previous consultation but moves to further over-develop this inner south region. It now proposes increased housing, removal of established forests, seriously insufficient detail about traffic infrastructure and traffic flow and vague references to what might actually be the future for restoration of the brickworks.

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