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Directorate will be attending tomorrow night’s North Canberra Community Council meeting to brief members and interested community members on what the government heard in the first stage of community engagement, outline the two design scenarios and seek feedback.
This engagement process is vital to ensuring that the Canberra community has a say in the future of this important precinct and that future development is balanced with improvements to the public realm and wider infrastructure upgrades.
The consultation is open until Friday, 26 October, so there is plenty of time for Mr Coe to have his say. People will have until then to have their say to help shape Dickson 72 into the future.
MS CODY: Minister, can you update the Assembly on what the government learnt from the first stage of consultation?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Cody for her supplementary question. As part of the stage 1 engagement, the ACT government also used a range of methods to encourage people to share their views. These methods included a community workshop, information kiosks, meet-the-planners sessions, emails, written submissions and comment made on social pinpoint on the your say project website.
Running from 23 January to 16 March this year, stage 1 of community engagement for section 72 showed that Canberrans do indeed care about what happens on this site, with 1,262 people taking part via the your say website and at least 203 individuals having face-to-face contact with directorate officials.
The first stage of engagement told us that there is support for a number of uses for the site, including residential, active travel, community facilities and green spaces. Canberrans want to see a high-quality housing mix that is sustainable, supportive and enables people to age in place. People want to see walking and cycling prioritised over cars, with better active travel infrastructure and connections into and through the site. We have heard that the trees and landscape characteristics should be protected, whilst providing more active and creative spaces such as playgrounds, parks, community gardens and a central meeting point for social interaction.
Density of the site is also a concern. Key messages received relate to integrating development into the landscape and tree line of the precinct, with preferably low rise medium density development with active interfaces to the public spaces. We have distilled this feedback into the vision I described in my previous answer, supported by planning and design principles. Again, I encourage everyone to engage in the next round of consultation.
ACT Health—workplace culture
MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and relates to the proposed inquiry into the ACT health system. Minister, in an inquiry conducted under the Inquiries Act, board of inquiry members are provided with “the