Page 1620 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 July 2020

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It is critical that we maintain the Tuggeranong foreshore for the amenity of the community. To allow cars to damage trees in the area would not be the solution to this problem.

Planning—master plans

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, it has been 10 years since the start of the development of the Pialligo master plan, and nothing has been done since. Is this yet another example of a master plan that is raising unnecessarily high community expectations?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for the question. As I said, master planning was a key process in looking at planning for Canberra’s future and engaging with the Canberra community. But what they did was to give only an indicative idea of what could occur for an area. After the master planning process, we had state development plans and other opportunities for planning and engagement with the ACT community. We did see, I think, on a number of occasions, expectations that were not delivered through the master planning process because it is not a delivery process.

MS LEE: Minister, are you going to take any action on the Pialligo master plan and, if so, when?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, we are taking action on the comments that the community has made. That will be done through the planning review. That is a very intensive piece of work that the directorate is going through at the moment, and there has been quite a bit of engagement with the ACT community on that.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, is this yet another example of you using a master plan to placate a community while not actually delivering anything?

MR GENTLEMAN: No, it is not.

Planning—Gungahlin cinema

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, the ACT planning and land authority recently gave conditional approval to the long-awaited Gungahlin cinema project. As part of this application, there are only 117 parking spaces allocated for a 1,600-seat complex. The lack of parking has been raised formally by Transport Canberra and City Services, local businesses and the community. Minister, why is there so little parking for a facility of that size, which is meant to serve a community of over 100,000 people—a community that is made up of many families for whom catching a bus or a tram to the movies is not practical?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Milligan for the question. This is an application that is before the authority. I do not have the details of it, so I will take the details of Mr Milligan’s question on notice and seek some advice from the authority.

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