Page 1127 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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8 April. Their views are important, as not only is it true that young people often have a wonderful capacity for thinking outside the square, but in the very long term we are planning Canberra for them and their children.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how will the outcome of the workshops shape the planning framework for the ACT over the next three to five years?

MR GENTLEMAN: The statement of planning intent, while a relatively short document, will be an important document for Canberra. It will build on current ACT government policies and strategies and recognise the main contemporary challenges for our city. The statement must be taken into account by the Environment and Planning Directorate in performing its planning duties.

Planning cities and urban areas properly is one of the biggest challenges which face any government. When it is done well, the planning process provides for positive urban amenity, social inclusion, better access to facilities and public transport and more housing options. The new statement of planning intent will establish key planning priorities for the government over the next three to five years. As the statement will have taken into account the views expressed by many members of the community, from many demographics, the outcome will shape the direction of the planning system with their perspectives on the needs and wants of the general community.

I hope that this will lead to better outcomes for the ACT and priorities which further align with the aspirations of the Canberra community.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Petition—out of order

Dickson—Shopping precinct development—Mr Wall—(1517 signatures).

MR WALL (Brindabella), by leave: I rise to have this petition noted by the Assembly today on behalf of the traders at Dickson shopping centre. This petition has been signed by over 1,500 shoppers who utilise this precinct and support the traders who are calling on the government to provide an independent impact assessment of the planned development in the shopping centre’s main car park. This petition is proof yet again of the government’s failure to effectively consult with the community and to take a considered approach to planning. We only need to look at this government’s track record of community consultation and the uproar within sectors of the community that the various developments have created to see that methods are often ineffectual.

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