Page 274 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 December 2016

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Planning—west Greenway

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. On Tuesday, 5 December, while attending a meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council, you were asked about plans for west Greenway. You advised the Community Council that a report from the community advisory panel was due on your desk on Friday, 9 December. Minister, could you please advise the Assembly if you have indeed received that report. And if so, will development of west Greenway go ahead in this term despite the community panel advising against it?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. Yes, I have received the report, just yesterday. I have considered the detail of the report and I have asked my directorate, EPSD, to come back to me with some discussions about responding to that report in a community manner to ensure that the messages that are coming from government are consistent with the report and what the committee wants to see for the future of Tuggeranong.

As members would be aware, there was quite a bit of interest in the report and quite a bit of interest in west Tuggeranong. The first round of community feedback highlighted protecting the Murrumbidgee corridor and preserving existing recreational uses, the two most important issues in that local community. From that first round of community feedback, I convened the community panel, as you have heard, to examine these matters. The panel drew on community expertise to ensure that the right questions were asked about any potential development there and that the answers to these questions are made publicly available.

As I said, it has been received. I have asked my directorate now to talk to me in the next few days about the community response to the report.

MRS JONES: Minister, what consultation will be conducted with the archery club about their car park and learning facilities in the area?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have been consulting with the archery club for just under 12 months about their car park. The issue with the car park is that there is water run-off from the oval to the east of the car park, and in inclement times the water runs down through the access or easement to the car park and causes some disruption for cars wanting to enter that area. We have had some discussions with both the environment and planning directorate and Access Canberra about what we can do to allow easement and access to the car park. Those discussions are still ongoing, but I am sure we will reach a position where we will be able to satisfy the needs of the archery club.

MR PARTON: Minister, is public housing proposed for the west Greenway area?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not had any proposals put forward for public housing in that area. There is, of course, a need for more public housing right across Tuggeranong. We have been doing some fantastic work with the Deputy Chief Minister and her portfolio in providing extra public housing in Tuggeranong.

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