Page 1100 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 5 April 2016

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is formally within a recreation zone, so there is no opportunity to change anything there; nor would I want to—also in regard to the site that they lease alongside that site.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how would the designated river conservation area be preserved, including during a disruptive building period?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is important, of course, that through this process we ensure that the environmental impact is lessened on any river corridor. We have strategic legal parameters to work through—that is the EPBC act—and, of course, our own environmental conditions. All of that would be adhered to during that process.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how would the flooding that currently occurs across the field archery site be managed?

MR GENTLEMAN: That would be a matter for EPD in the environmental sense. The conservator would also be involved in that and of course any development that comes through. It is very early days at this time.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why have you made this announcement on the fly rather than going through a planned and well-thought-out consultation, design and analysis process?

MR GENTLEMAN: I do not agree with the premise of Mr Smyth’s question. It is not on the fly. It is a deliberate action to engage community consultation. We did this through the statement of planning intent workshops where we heard from the community on where they would like to see planning go for the future of the ACT. It is our intention to engage at a very early time to ensure we get the community’s views on any proposal for a new residential opportunity in Tuggeranong.


MS BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. It is about the future development of a new suburb immediately west of the Tuggeranong town centre; that is, immediately west of the town centre and not, as being proposed by others, going across the river. Could you outline for the Assembly the role that this may play in renewing Tuggeranong?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Burch for her interest too in Tuggeranong. It seems that it is a very interesting place to be this time of year. As we have heard, last month I did announce the commencement of a consultation period on a potential new suburb for land west of the town centre, the first new suburb in several decades. We are still in the very early days, as I have said, of planning for this potential new suburb in Tuggeranong.

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