Page 49 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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rated building. The government worked closely with the private sector proponent in this case to come up with innovative regulatory solutions to match the work done by this new commercial partner. The result is there for all to see.

Transformations like this one can and will continue to occur in the future, where the government works hand in hand with the community and the private sector. That is just what my government is determined to do.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how will capital metro encourage urban renewal?

MR BARR: As we all acknowledge, there will always be Canberrans who rely on the family car, and the government will make sure that they are fairly and sensibly catered for. At the same time, as I said this morning, this city will not be fuelled by petrol forever, and it will not be forever designed around the car. Light rail is an essential part of providing better transport to every part of this city.

Capital metro will help to keep the commute from our fastest growing area, in the north, up in Gungahlin, from blowing out to over an hour. But, just as importantly, the metro project will help to shape our city’s growth over coming decades and drive urban renewal. The range of urban renewal projects along the length of the light rail line, in stage 1 and in the future in various additional stages, will stimulate the territory economy through public and private investment.

As Minister Corbell has said on many occasions, the real value of capital metro is not just in transport but in the way that it will transform the way our city develops. Capital metro will drive urban renewal along the corridor, with new and innovative housing for our residents and commercial spaces and opportunities for new businesses. It will change the way residents move around our community and the way we interact with the city and each other.

This is a city built on strong local communities, and capital metro is going to help us build even stronger communities, and new communities too.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, will your new “renewal” buzzword last longer than your previous “transformation” buzzword, or do you expect to have a new buzzword for 2016?

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: In what way does that relate to any of the Chief Minister’s portfolio responsibilities, Madam Speaker?

Mr Hanson: It relates to his portfolio. I mean—

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