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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 797 ..

MR GENTLEMAN: That plan of maintenance is proceeding with the master planning process too. While I do not have the portfolio for urban services or territory and city services, we have been listening to the people of Woden in relation to planning for the future of Woden.

There have been a number of very good developments that have been achieved. One will remember, of course, Bernie Court in Lyons, directly across from the Woden town centre, which was somewhat run down. The government released a renewal plan there. It has been rebuilt. It has great accommodation for younger people in one sector and older people in the aged persons’ community in the other sector.

Of course, light rail stage 2 will be going to Woden. That will give us the opportunity to provide renewal of the whole corridor down to Woden and renewal for the Woden town centre as well.

MRS JONES: Minister, has the government considered revising the lease variation charge for this area to stimulate investment, and has the minister or the minister for urban services sat in the square recently?

MR GENTLEMAN: I think the last time I visited was just a few months ago, so it was relatively recently.

In regard to the lease variation charge, the government does have a particular view with the lease variation charge: that is, where a developer sees a rise in the value of that land, the community should share in that; after all, it is the community’s land. I will say, though, that I have had some conversations more recently with developers across the ACT in regard to the lease variation charge and worked with my colleagues to see whether we might be able to change the way it is applied in a term sense. We will see how that proceeds.

Of course, the ACT government has worked hard for Woden. We are developing more health jobs around the Woden area and more opportunities for employment, more renewal, in the Woden town centre.

Planning—west Greenway

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, on 15 December you advised this chamber that you had received a report from the community advisory panel in regard to the west Greenway development. You advised the Assembly that you had asked the directorate to talk to you about responding to the report. Minister, given that it has now been three months since you gave that answer, will you be making the report available to the public, and when?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question. We know the history of this of course. This is the Foy proposal in Hume. It was going through the EIS process—

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, this is Greenway.

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