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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 June 2018) . . Page.. 2005 ..

As we move forward with any changes to planning in the future, we look at overshadowing, particularly with development applications that are of some height, to ensure that those urban open spaces are not overshadowed in the winter solstice.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, I think you are basically saying that the rules are currently strong enough.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, go straight to your question.

MS LE COUTEUR: If so, why did the multistorey car park on the western side of Woden town square get approved when it will significantly overshadow the Woden town square?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will have to take the details of that question on notice.

MR PARTON: Minister, are you considering any changes to the Territory Plan, or is the directorate considering changes to the Territory Plan, to protect what Ms Le Couteur is speaking of in terms of overshadowing? Is there anything that is being considered at the moment?

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said earlier, we are always looking at future changes to the Territory Plan. It is of interest, where the community perceives overshadowing, that in most of these development applications we provide detailed briefs to the community on development applications, and 3D modelling on overshadowing as well. I am confident that the codes in the Territory Plan at the moment stand up to the need for providing the best urban open space for Canberra as we renew the Canberra city central area and some of the other areas as well. But, of course, there is always opportunity to change the Territory Plan should the community want it.


MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I bring to your attention that in the gallery we have members of the Canberra Quakers. Welcome to your Assembly and to question time.

Questions without notice

Education—skills development

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, how is the government ensuring that ACT students are equipped with the skills they need for the future?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Steel for his question. The ACT government is funding a skills academy, which has been announced as part of this budget. It is a resource for local public schools to deepen education in science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines. With a commitment of $5.76 million, this initiative will complete and build on ACT Labor’s election commitment to establish a coding and cyberskills academy.

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