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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2016) . . Page.. 1103 ..

Public meetings are currently being held with stakeholders, allowing an opportunity for all those with an interest in the potential suburb to have their say. I will also be presenting tonight to the Tuggeranong Community Council, who have been supportive through our conversations so far.

This initial community consultation will be held until 22 April, at which point the first phase of this engagement period will come to a close. The next part of the engagement will allow a more in-depth conversation to occur about issues and feedback that have been raised to date. These engagements are in line with what the community has been calling for: renewal of the area but with proper consultation. It is important that we get this consultation right as this potential development is a key driver for the renewal of Tuggeranong.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hinder.

MR HINDER: A supplementary to the Minister for Planning and Land Management: minister, what are some of the environmental and recreational attributes which are important to consider in any new development in west Tuggeranong?

MR GENTLEMAN: Tuggeranong, of course, is a great place to live. The Brindabella mountain backdrop to the 18 suburbs reinforces the proximity of our national park; and the importance of considering this unique setting in taking into account the environmental, recreation amenity is vital.

The ACT government is currently consulting the community about the potential new suburb in the area west of Tuggeranong. The Murrumbidgee River is situated at the back of this unique setting and any planning that takes place must consider this asset when planning for a possible new development. From the beginning we have constantly reiterated the importance of this river corridor and the need to allow appropriate setbacks whilst providing more options for the community to be able to utilise the area.

It is for this reason that we believe previous proposals to go across the river are unsuitable for the area. I understand that the Tuggeranong Community Council has moved a motion to that effect as well. There is scope, however, to use the distinctive environment scene to take full advantage of the recreational potential of the area just to the west of the Hyperdome. The importance of the Tuggeranong area and its local recreational activities is prominent. I have had this brought to my attention through direct feedback from the community.

It is also worth noting that there are countless numbers of recreational groups in the Tuggeranong area, which amplifies the need to ensure recreational amenities remain prominent for southern Canberra. Recreational groups include archery, badminton, basketball, hockey, rugby, the Men’s Shed, just to name a few. There is great potential to see these activities being enhanced and integrated by any potential development. Through linking the already existing activities with the new potential activities and residential options there is great scope to provide a cohesive community that achieves balance and provides the best possible results for all Canberrans.

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