Page 2916 - Week 08 - Thursday, 17 August 2017

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waterfront and start stage 2 of the boardwalk, which includes building a further 500 meters of boardwalk and reclaiming three hectares of the lake bed for a public park. It is also responsible for planning renewal works to enliven and renew the city bus interchange. It will be engaged in progressing the sale of the asset recycling initiative sites, and it will be engaged in the process of establishing Dickson as a key community and transport hub.

The CRA is tasked with transforming our CBD through a diverse range of public events and festivals, through capital works upgrades, public realm and amenity improvements and by further improving key stakeholder partnerships, particularly with private sector property owners.

MR STEEL: Chief Minister, how will the City Renewal Authority engage with the community in delivering this work?

MR BARR: This commitment for community and stakeholder engagement is reflected in a practical way in the comprehensive and well-received Haig Park engagement strategy. The authority is going to build on this by quickly establishing further productive relationships with key stakeholders, by engaging openly and meaningfully with the local community to inform the design and delivery of public works in the precinct, and by having a particular focus on promoting cooperation, collaboration and coherent urban renewal with other key entities, particularly the National Capital Authority.

Like all government agencies, the City Renewal Authority will observe the principles of open government, which require transparency in processing and providing information, and collaboration with the public in finding solutions to community problems.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, given all the wonderful things that the CRA will be doing for the city, why is Woden town centre described as part of the suburban landscape and being under the aegis of the Suburban Land Agency? Why is an equivalent amount of energy not being given to Canberra’s second town centre?

MR BARR: The purpose of establishing the City Renewal Authority, with its defined precinct, was to focus that agency on a specific task, namely, development within the CBD, the first amongst equals of Canberra’s town centres, with a particular focus on stage 1 of the light rail project. The Suburban Land Agency—and I have met with the chair of the board to have this specific discussion—will be focused on urban renewal associated with stage 2 of the light rail project, and that will specifically focus on development in relation to the Woden town centre. I know that Mr Steel and Ms Cody have already raised these matters. The government has held a roundtable, particularly with the support of Mr Steel and Ms Cody, as members for Murrumbidgee, and there is a real focus on the Woden town centre as part of stage 2 of light rail. My rationale is that the task is much bigger now and we need more resources to tackle that task; hence the establishment of the City Renewal Authority.

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