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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2587

Mrs KELLY —On behalf of the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory, I present the Committee's report on the proposals for variations to the plan of the layout of the city of Canberra and its environs, together with minutes of proceedings.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Mrs KELLY —by leave-The report I have just tabled deals with the ninetieth series of variations to the city plan, as well as one item from the eighty-eighth series of variations, namely, the construction of the Eastern Parkway from Isabella Drive through to Macarthur and Newcastle Street, Fyshwick.

I will first deal with the outstanding item from the eighty-eighth series. The Committee deferred approval of this variation in October 1986 because it was not satisfied that it had been provided with sufficient information on which to make an informed judgment regarding the design or costing of the proposed road. As part of the Committee's consideration of items in the ninetieth series of variations, the National Capital Development Commission was asked to return before the Committee to expand on its original briefing on the Eastern Parkway. The Committee is satisfied that it has now been provided with the appropriate details and approves the variation, noting that the preliminary stages of roadworks will improve traffic conditions on several dangerous intersections and ease traffic levels on adjoining arterial roads.

I now turn to items contained in the ninetieth series of variations. The Committee approves all items in this series except item 2, which deals with the addition of roads and the realignment of an existing cyclepath adjacent to Lake Ginninderra to allow development of the area for commercial purposes. The parcel of land under consideration is located within the Belconnen Town Centre zone on the western foreshore of Lake Ginninderra. The Committee is prepared to approve construction of the majority of proposed roads and relocation of the cyclepath but is not convinced of the need to develop section 149, which is a relatively small and attractive parcel of land immediately adjacent to City Gardens. This does not mean that the Committee is opposed to development on appropriate areas of the lake foreshore, but it considers the proposal to build a three-storey motel with a set-back from the lake of only 10 metres to be totally unsympathetic to the environment. It would detract from both the visual and recreational enjoyment of this area with no scope for providing a range of uses around this area of the lake. Rather than limiting this potentially popular extension of lake foreshore area by the construction of a motel, a commercial development of this nature could more appropriately take place on section 65 or the adjoining section 86. Therefore, the Committee does not approve the portion of road addition proposed within section 149.

Variation 3 deals with the degazettal of portions of Wakefield Gardens to provide two sites for the development of small scale professional or commercial offices at the Ainslie Local Centre. The Committee is not satisfied that adequate consultations with neighbouring residents have been carried out in relation to this proposal and approves the variation on the basis that this be done.

In the Committee's consideration of the Parliamentary Mall, which is variation 4, support is given for the development of this mall as it is considered to be an essential feature of Burley Griffin's plan and the development of the Parliamentary Triangle. During discussions of this proposal, the question of the proposed location of the Bicentennial Music Bowl at Regatta Point was raised. The Committee is concerned that it was not consulted at an earlier date about the proposed siting of this venue and considers that it may be more appropriate to locate it in a more prominent area of national significance and closer to Parliament House. The Parliamentary Triangle has become an accepted location for musical performances associated with official celebrations and this may be a more appropriate site for the proposed bowl. I recommend this report to the House.