Page 1765 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Madam Speaker, the pop-up movement in New Zealand has gained momentum. These pop-up parks are building a strong sense of renewal in communities and allowing people to re-imagine the possibilities. They also signal the innovation that can come through partnerships with the private sector. Our own pop-up park at West Basin is offering Canberrans the same opportunities. I look forward to other new and innovative ways the government can demonstrate and support renewal on both a small and large scale.

This reimagining is flowing through to the delivery of New Zealand’s urban agenda, with a commitment to both vision and creativity. Christchurch has recognised that to truly revitalise its city centre it needs to increase the number of residents living in the city. They have a comparable objective—20,000 extra residents—to our city to the lake project, which would introduce another 15,000 to 20,000 residents to the heart of Canberra.

In Auckland, the development of a waterfront is opening up another perspective on the city. It is there that Auckland will demonstrate that they are smart, innovative and an aspiring digital city. Again, there were useful lessons for our own city to the lake and digital city agendas. The parallels between the ACT government’s agenda on urban renewal and the cities of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand are manifest.

I will continue to foster a closer relationship with New Zealand. To that end, I formally invited Team Wellington—the city council, their economic development arm, their tourism arm—to come to Canberra. During their visit, I hope that we can continue to explore—capital to capital—tourism, cultural, sporting and aviation partnerships between our two capital cities.

I present the following paper:

Ministerial visit to New Zealand—Ministerial statement, 14 May 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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) (10.11), by leave: An integrated transport system caters for all modes of travel. The road network, which caters for cars, buses, cyclists, pedestrians and freight, plays a key role in our city’s economy. Most indicators show that Canberra has the best road network in Australia. This position comes not only from our predominantly urban form but also from the strong

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