Gai Brodtmann, the Member for Canberra, has welcomed the recommendations of the National Capital and External Territories Committee report – An Estate for the Future - A new strategy for allocating land to diplomatic missions.
“For some time now I’ve been calling for a more strategic and holistic approach to the development and management of the diplomatic estate in Canberra, which takes into account the changing needs of the diplomatic community and the modern Canberra.
“The report has made a number of important recommendations, including that the National Capital Authority withdraw the Draft Amendment 78 to build embassies in Stirling Park,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“The report sensibly recommends a long term strategy for the management of the diplomatic estate, which includes medium- and high-density options and subdivision of existing diplomatic land.
“The committee also recommends greater use of residential and commercial properties for chanceries and a move towards a more commercial approach.
“The committee received very considered and articulate submissions from Canberra residents and groups and I thank all those involved in this process,” Ms Brodtmann said.