Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 2053 ..
based on what I have been hearing from people in the housing industry and, in particular, members of the Australian Institute of Architects. We in Canberra have a number of excellent architects who believe in this city and want to see it improve. They can see that our housing market is not producing the high quality homes it could be, and they know it needs to be pushed forward. What they have called for, and desperately need, is a demonstration precinct that allows them to move the quality of our housing forward.
Second, this idea is not new to the government. The planning minister’s statement of intent from November 2015, which I quote from, says, as an immediate action:
Identify a number of demonstration precincts across Canberra to undergo an innovative planning process to guide future change and sustainable development.
Given this, I am very confident that the government is in a position to move forward quickly with delivering on my motion.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (6.10): I thank Ms Le Couteur for bringing on this motion. I do have an amendment to the motion that I have circulated. I understand that it is supported by the mover. With that, I move the amendment circulated in my name:
Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:
“(1) notes that:
(a) the ACT has historically led Australia in development quality, for example, in the late 1990s, Kingston Foreshore and Gungahlin Town Centre were leading showcases of street-based mixed-use development;
(b) nationally and internationally, best practice has moved forward since the 1990s, for example, leading precincts in Europe are delivering profitable, high-quality, environmentally-sustainable housing, including substantial affordable housing;
(c) in ‘Canberra: A Statement of Ambition’, the Chief Minister states that ‘we need more than a ‘business as usual’ approach to achieve our potential and deliver the successful, equitable and sustainable city Canberrans seek’;
(d) the Minister for Planning and Land Management’s Statement of Planning Intent and the New Experimental Architecture Typologies (NEAT) competition include delivering demonstration housing projects;
(e) demonstration precincts are important as they test innovative design, construction and planning processes, prove the financial viability of new approaches, increase industry skill levels, drive demand for innovative products and showcase local industry capabilities;