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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2016) . . Page.. 1102 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: Minister, how important is urban renewal and providing more housing options for the residents of Tuggeranong?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Burch for her supplementary. As we continue to grow and age as a city, with Tuggeranong commencing its next generation, it is important to provide a quality range of housing options for the Canberra community. Urban renewal is a core priority of this government. Continued renewal of our city is vital to continue to grow Canberra’s economy and strengthen our community. The redevelopment of urban areas makes Canberra a more prosperous, compact, livable and sustainable city. It supports the need to increase our city’s population density and makes for a more connected city with better places and spaces.

During my statement of planning intent workshops I engaged directly with a number of local senior citizens who provided feedback on the importance of ageing in place. New developments, such as townhouse and smaller sized dwellings, will provide the community with the options about where and how they live, including opportunities to downsize within the established community of Tuggeranong, close to familiar facilities and services, and, of course, family and friends. During the community consultation for the statement of planning intent, the community was also clear on its expectations. Our community wanted neighbourhoods to be inclusive, to provide housing choices and community facilities to meet the needs of all socio-demographic groups and allow the community to age in place.

My statement of planning intent will continue to provide guidance over the coming five years as the government continues to revitalise areas such as the Tuggeranong valley. As was the case with the statement of planning intent, I will continue to liaise with the residents of Tuggeranong on their ideas for a new suburban development in Tuggeranong.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hinder.

MR HINDER: Minister, how will the community be engaged in a conversation about the proposed new suburb?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Hinder for his interest in community engagement across the territory. It is critical that the community have their say and are engaged through the entire development proposal. The government has been actively engaging with a number of stakeholders and local residents in order to gain their early views. The community consultation has been continuing since the beginning of March, using best practice community engagement methods to reach deep into Tuggeranong and the wider community.

The interactive community engagement website “Have your say”, an EngagementHQ online tool, has been the central point for Tuggeranong locals and the interested Canberra community to provide comment. To date we have received 115 comments, largely with environmental and water quality feedback. The community consultation has also reached out to the public through social media both on Twitter and on Facebook, with a variety of accounts.

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