Page 1101 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 5 April 2016

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It has also been identified, as I have said, that there is a lot of work ahead for government before the new suburb could be developed. However, I believe that it is important to start this conversation early to allow full and genuine consultation that will provide the community with far more decision and choice as to what they would like to see and how they would like to see any potential growth and renewal.

I, along with many other members of the government, have commenced conversations with all interested parties and community groups that utilise this impressive area in Tuggeranong about any potential ideas they may see being valuable to the renewal of the area. We want to connect residential to recreational and build a happy and cohesive community that achieves balance in a unique way.

This has been a priority for me in my role as minister for planning after consulting on and releasing the statement of planning intent, as I mentioned, last year. It showed the community’s views on urban intensification around areas such as this but it also showed that they wanted to be part of the conversation from day one. I believe that this is the model that development should take into the future.

Renewing Tuggeranong will allow new opportunities and breathe life into the Tuggeranong town centre. As a local member for Brindabella, one of the most frequent conversations I have at local community stalls and events is that the town centre is due for the start of its next generation transformations, similar to those that we have seen in Belconnen and Tuggeranong. The development of this area will allow for new residents to come closer into the town centre, providing opportunities for local businesses and organisations to grow.

Another positive aspect of this potential development is the ability to open the river corridor to allow for more of the community to access the beauty of the river. Similar to plans for Riverview, these developments, done correctly, offer many opportunities for recreational activities and community access.

Potential for a new suburb would also look at positive community benefits from integrating development and transport. In fact, during my recent visit to the US and Canada, we saw firsthand the positive economic uplift and better social planning outcomes of planning in this very space.

Renewing Tuggeranong in this way would see this development capture the same opportunity and be a prime example of this in practice. This detailed planning will incorporate transport services and include a local road network along green corridors. Of course, the local topography, as we have heard, would be reflected whilst continuing to maintain views of the Brindabellas.

Pedestrian and cycle connectivity between new residential areas and the town centre and river will be important. The connectivity would prioritise walking and cycling paths and will contribute to the vision of an ACT integrated transport network. All this and more would form the basis for developing a new suburb and could lead to a territory plan variation with a continued vibrancy focused on urban renewal.

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