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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 May 2018) . . Page.. 1573 ..

identifies what is important about the centre and how its environmental, social and economic sustainability can be enhanced. The master plan is being finalised with input from the community and stakeholders, including traders and lessees and the ACT government directorates.

Community engagement is an important part of the master plan process. People who live or work in or near the centre, or who use the area, have valuable knowledge to contribute to the planning process. Community involvement is essential in helping to develop a successful and achievable master plan. I encourage anyone interested to visit the your say site to review the plans and provide their feedback. Community engagement will close on Wednesday, 6 June this year.

MR STEEL: Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the community panel consultation undertaken that has informed the development of the Curtin group centre master plan?

MR GENTLEMAN: The community panel process, held from July to November last year, has greatly helped with developing a way forward to finalising the Curtin group centre master plan. Three community panel meetings were held to discuss the development and redevelopment opportunities for the group centre. This process was designed to bring the developers and community together, to look for shared outcomes. The panel format facilitated discussion on the future of the group centre with representation from the community, lessees, owners, young people, developers and government.

The panel meetings were framed around the master plan process, development proposals, infrastructure—things that make the area special to the community and businesses in the group centre. At the third and final community panel meeting, revised master plan diagrams were presented by the ACT government for consideration and discussion by panel members. The community panel meetings provided a positive forum for open discussion about the future of the Curtin group centre.


MADAM SPEAKER: I acknowledge that in the chamber we have the pleasure of the company of the President of the New South Wales Legislative Council and the current CPA Australian regional representative, the Hon John Ajaka MLC. Welcome to the Assembly and to Canberra once again. Mr Ajaka is accompanied by the Clerk of the New South Wales Legislative Council, Mr David Blunt, and I believe a senior adviser of the team as well. Welcome to the ACT Assembly. I am sure all members will be on their best behaviour now.

Questions without notice

Planning—Curtin master plan

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, can you outline how the Curtin group centre master plan will help to revitalise the centre while retaining the existing character that the Curtin community loves?

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