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Griffin Legacy steps forward

Jim Lloyd Minister of Local Government and Roads
023TRS/Budget 9 May 2006

The Australian Government will provide $0.5 million in 2006-07 for the National Capital Authority to develop several Griffin Legacy urban planning initiatives for the national capital, the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd announced today.

Mr Lloyd said the Griffin Legacy initiatives were aimed at restoring the spirit and intent of the Griffin Plan.

"The Griffin Legacy is a strategic plan for the heart of the nation's capital. It shows what central Canberra - the focal point of the capital - could look like in the future if we build on the city's unique foundations," Mr Lloyd said.

"It is a renewed vision for the national capital in the 21st century which respects the original Griffin Plan, but builds upon the investment of Australians in their capital," he said.

"This further investment by the Australian Government will now enable the necessary planning, design and other studies to be completed to ensure the development is in keeping with the Griffin Legacy," Mr Lloyd said.

"The funding announced today will focus on the central national areas of the national capital that are yet to be developed or are undeveloped and restore where possible the spirit and intent of Griffin Plan," Mr Lloyd said.

Mr Lloyd said the development of Canberra as Australia's national capital had always depended on the leadership and vision of the Australian Government.

"Over the last ten years this Government has maintained its commitment to the national capital. Much has been achieved. We have invested in great national cultural institutions including the National Museum of Australia, the National Archives of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery."

"New memorials and significant public places like Commonwealth Place and Reconciliation Place have been constructed. However much still remains to be done - particularly in the central area if Canberra is to take its rightful place as a world capital," he said.

Media contacts:
Mr Lloyd's office - Fiona Telford 02 6277 7060 / 0407 908 504