Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 2066 ..
ministers to senior public servants, developers, businesses and community groups, we now have everyone working together with better communication and understanding so that we can get on and deliver the urban renewal that Woden needs.
There was a wide consensus on the need to increase residential and mixed use development in the town centre so that we can improve the vibrancy and viability of the town centre as the role of the federal public service diminishes. We also discussed how we can improve development and planning policies to ensure that developments take into account the whole precinct and public realm. There was also broad agreement around making Woden a place for people, even after 5 pm and on the weekend, with great public spaces and planning for our community facility needs, particularly given the growth of Woden Community Service over recent years.
Business put a very strong view that providing certainty through the Territory Plan is crucial to encourage investment. I would like to thank Minister Gentleman for convening the roundtable. He and EPSD are committed to continue to work with organisations at the roundtable on the urban renewal project into the future, particularly as light rail progresses. It will be the largest single infrastructure project in Woden’s history.
Madam Speaker, I would also like to comment in relation to our investment in Kambah in the budget. I am pleased to say that work is now underway on the upgrades to Kambah village. At the election, Labor committed $2.3 million to upgrade Kambah village. I am incredibly proud that the ACT government has now funded stage 2 of the works in the budget. An additional $2 million will deliver new toilets, an upgraded playground with shade structure, and an extension of the central courtyard’s spine to the south-east of the centre. It will include new paving, more shade trees and seating areas, plus a formalised waste collection shelter. Of course, that is in addition to stage 1 of the works, which is already underway at the centre.
These upgrades are delivering on the Kambah group centre master plan. Combined with the expected private development to upgrade and expand Woolworths and add extra retail spaces, these upgrades will make a huge difference to my suburb. Over 2,000 people in Kambah signed my petition last year calling on the shops to be upgraded. It is great to see work begin. (Time expired.)
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (6.48): Madam Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity to say a few words about the initiatives in the budget for Belconnen. I am proud of this government and I am proud that it is delivering on its election commitments, especially through the ACT budget announced yesterday. In particular, I want to note the range of excellent initiatives to serve the Belconnen community. I am really looking forward to talking with people about them over the coming weeks and months.
The first of these is $15 million to complete Belconnen Arts Centre. Madam Speaker, I know that you know how long that has been the subject of an active campaign by