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Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the adjournment debate for this sitting continuing past 30 minutes.

Planning and Development Act—statement of planning intent 2015

Paper and statement by minister

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): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 16(2)—Statement of Planning Intent 2015.

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

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I am pleased to table the statement of planning intent that has been prepared to identify the key priorities and associated actions for planning and land development in the ACT over the next five years. The work that has been undertaken to prepare this, my first statement of planning intent, has also assisted me to identify and clearly focus my aspirations for the planning portfolio. Planning is fundamentally about people and communities, so it was very important to me that the statement of planning intent reflect the community’s opinions as Canberra continues to mature and grow as a major city.

It was, therefore, appropriate that the community be provided with an opportunity to have their say in the development of this statement of planning intent. To enable this, I consulted extensively with community groups, peak industry and business groups, researchers and academics, heads of government agencies and older people. I also consulted with generation Y, our young people, as it is the younger generation we are ultimately thinking about when making decisions on the potential directions we want this city to take into the future.

Like many other cities, Canberra faces a growing number of challenges as it transitions into a major city. They include managing urban growth, reducing traffic congestion, accommodating a changing population, improving economic productivity and social inclusion, creating healthy and connected communities and addressing the implications of climate change.

My statement addresses these challenges and builds on our wonderful planning legacy that began with Walter Burley and Marion Mahoney Griffin’s plan. I have been

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