Page 3294 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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The plan proposes development of apartment blocks up to 21.5 metres high, mostly comprising six-storey developments. This will see the residential population increase rapidly, and it has led to further concerns from the community in regards to traffic implications and the impact on nearby commercial areas.

These plans could see another 400 people in the suburb, and the impact on traffic congestion is a real concern for the residents. An increase of this magnitude may lead to parking shortages in commercial and residential areas and an increase in traffic during peak hours, not to mention the increase of general traffic congestion around Red Hill schools and nearby streets that may receive the overflow from resident or visitor parking as there will not be enough provided for on site.

The Red Hill shops, a place I visit frequently, may not have the capacity to cope with the new RZ5 zoning. Many would be forgiven for believing this is just a quick money grab by the government and that little attention has been paid to the renewal of public housing and the revitalisation of Red Hill.

The lack of consideration given to the impact the changes to the territory plan will have is just another instance where this government chooses to stick its head in the sand and ignore community concerns. Similar community concerns have been raised with the government’s plans to rezone areas in Manuka, Griffith, Woden and Narrabundah, but the government is still not listening to the needs and concerns of this community.

Those of us on this side of the chamber believe it is important to retain the character of Red Hill while allowing for appropriate redevelopment and proper consultation with the community. Even the residents, despite being opposed to the current proposal, are keen to see redevelopment in the area. I thank the Red Hill Residents Group—I acknowledge the many who have turned up here this morning to witness the handing over of their petition—and the wider Red Hill community for continuing to strive and stand up for the best interests of their suburb. I commend the petition to the Assembly.

Leave of absence

Motion by (Dr Bourke) agreed to:

That leave of absence for this sitting week be granted to Ms Porter for health reasons.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 37

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.05): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 37, dated 21 September 2015, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

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