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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 12 February 2015) . . Page.. 250 ..

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Doszpot, I waited to see—

Mr Doszpot: You will not give me leave to speak to it?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, before putting the question I waited to see if you wanted to speak.

Mr Doszpot: I was not aware I could speak to a ministerial statement, Madam Deputy Speaker. On a point of order, I am being heckled by my colleagues on the other side. I am very happy to make a statement or respond to the ministerial statement. It appears that Mr Corbell is very happy to chastise me, but he will not give me leave to speak on it.

Mr Corbell: What is the point of order? There is no point of order.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, let me deal with this, please. It is not a point of order, Mr Doszpot.

City centre—revitalisation

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (11.24), by leave: I am responding to a resolution from 17 September last year to update the Assembly on the progress of key projects in the city centre that are contributing to revitalisation and a sustainable, safe, vibrant and economically prosperous city centre. I would also like to update the Assembly on the progress of implementation of the city plan and associated engagement with stakeholders. The ACT government is committed to the revitalisation of the city centre, and the city plan provides an overarching framework that sets the future for the city centre.

During the extensive public consultation in 2013, Canberrans told us that they love parts of the city centre but want to see change to give it a stronger identity, one that is less about cars and more about people. One of the strongest messages we heard during community engagement for the city plan was: just get on with it. People want to see change and I am pleased to report that change is underway. The ACT government is progressing five priority projects to begin our delivery under the city plan and set a new path for the future. These projects focus on reducing traffic impacts to help people connect across the city and getting more people living in the city to add vibrancy, character and increased safety. Shortly I will update you on the progress of the city plan, but first I would like to mention some of the many exciting and transformational projects already underway.

The city centre has experienced significant growth over the last 10 years with substantial investment in new building projects. The ANU exchange precinct, resulting from a close collaboration between the ANU and the government, has brought the ANU and city together while providing accommodation for 2,530

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