Page 1172 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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With each development, building heights have been further debated, and residents have raised a range of views with me regarding what they see as suitable for the area. I am really glad the planning refresh will be addressing building heights in the area.

From the discussions I have had with residents, it is also clear that the community wants a town centre that is interactive and engaging. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved, for example, by creating a more pedestrian-friendly zone, encouraging businesses to utilise space along the verge of Hibberson Street and also ensuring that there is adequate public space for recreation.

The development and revitalisation of public spaces is vital to the vibrant atmosphere of the town centre. While there are currently two public recreational spaces, future development in the town centre will have an impact on these areas. It is vital that planning and design processes take the community’s ideas and opinions into consideration. The current community engagement process aims to do this, with over 600 submissions already received. I am confident that the future of the town centre will reflect the will of the community.

If future development sees us moving to something quite different to what is already there, we need to be sensitive and responsive to the impacts on existing residents, businesses and the natural environment. The planning refresh provides the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on the future of the Gungahlin town centre. It is an exciting chance for Yerrabi residents, businesses and the wider community to influence the change that is occurring in our town centre and to have their say on the future of planning.

Results from the online survey will determine what key issues need to be addressed and how government can work with the community to deliver a vibrant and accessible town centre for both residents and businesses. I encourage all residents and stakeholders to visit the your say website and take part in the planning refresh survey, which closes on Friday, 14 April.

ACT Health—mental health data submissions

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.29): I use this time in the adjournment debate to seek leave to table the documents that I mentioned in a debate earlier today. This includes a letter that I wrote to the Auditor-General on 6 February about the ROGS report and some other information that the Auditor-General had given me—I had sought some clarification—a letter, undated, from the Auditor-General, but received by me on 14 February, which answered some of the questions that I asked but said that, in relation to the major information that I sought in relation to the ROGS report, she had directed it to the Health Directorate, and a final letter from the Auditor-General dated 23 March saying that the Auditor-General was not in a position to answer my questions that I had asked her in relation to ROGS data. I seek leave to table those documents for the information of the chamber.

Leave granted.

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