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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 August 2015) . . Page.. 2233 ..

No 331—Lyons section 53 blocks 1, 4, 5 and 8 (Strathgordon Court), dated 28 July 2015.

No 337—ACT Government Land Release Program—Greenway section 28 block 2—Zoning changes and changes to the Greenway precinct map and code, dated 1 July 2015.

No 347—University of Canberra—Block 1 Section 3 Bruce, dated 27 July 2015.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: The first two variations I would like to talk about are 331 Lyons and 337 Greenway. Variation 331 to the territory plan rezones blocks 1, 4 and 8 section 53 Lyons from the residential RZ4 medium density zone and block 5 section 53 Lyons from the PRZ1 urban open space zone to the residential RZ5 high density zone. Variation 337 Greenway rezones block 2 section 28 Greenway from the commercial CZ6 leisure and accommodation zone to residential RZ4 medium density zone.

The variations for the sites in Lyons and Greenway were part of the first omnibus of seven draft variations to the territory plan that were released in 2014. The ACT government is undertaking a major long-term program of public housing renewal through the replacement of a number of its older Housing ACT public housing properties, and this is being achieved through the public housing renewal program. The program is intended to improve outcomes for public housing tenants in the ACT and support the renewal of Canberra’s urban areas.

Housing is critically important for the ACT community’s overall economic and social wellbeing. Public housing assists Canberrans on low incomes to reach their potential, to make a contribution and to share the benefits of our community. Canberra has some of the oldest public housing in Australia. As these properties have aged, it has become more difficult to maintain them to current standards such as energy efficiency, and they no longer suit the needs of many tenants.

These variations support the redevelopment programs. Variations 331 and 337 are the fourth and fifth territory plan variations I have approved from that package of sites. The remaining draft variations are still under review and will be provided to me in due course.

The omnibus package of territory plan variations, including draft variations 331 and 337, were released for public comment between 7 November last year and 19 December last year. Draft variation 331 Lyons attracted one public submission. The main issue related to density of development, building heights, connectivity with the open space area, public transport, social housing distribution and environmental sustainability. A report on consultation was prepared for draft variation 331, responding to the issues raised in the submission.

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