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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3628..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

addressed, and this should be extended to improvements to the existing traffic arrangements.

Once these studies have been resolved, the final boundary for block 3 will be determined. The study will look at uses on either side of a realigned road, and it may be possible to utilise some small area of this block for aged residential purposes. Mr Speaker, the government thanks the committee for its report on this matter, and I now take the opportunity to table the government's response.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report No 73 of 2001-government response

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.36): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 73-The proposed Amaroo Community Precinct (presented 13 June 2001)-Government response, dated 2001.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, it is with pleasure that I table, today, the government's response to the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services inquiry into Amaroo community precinct. The committee made several recommendations regarding the Amaroo community precinct. The key recommendation of the committee was that the Amaroo community precinct proceed.

The Amaroo community precinct provides Amaroo residents, and the wider Gungahlin community, with timely community, educational and recreational facilities. The Amaroo community precinct will contain a Catholic primary school, a government preschool and primary and high schools, associated ovals, and the neighbouring Amaroo shopping centre. The Catholic Education Office intends to open its primary school in 2002. The government preschool will open in 2003, and the government primary and high schools in the years to follow.

Prior to the opening of the high school, Horse Park Drive will be opened. Horse Park Drive will be a major arterial road providing access to the precinct, as well as an alternate access to northern Amaroo. The Amaroo community precinct will provide essential facilities for the residents of Amaroo, and for the future residents of Gungahlin, including the yet to be developed suburbs of Bonner, Forde, Jacka, and Moncrieff.

The government generally supports the committee's recommendations and is keen to implement them. I am also taking this opportunity to reassure the Assembly that planning for northern Amaroo has been undertaken in an integrated manner, with consideration for the needs of current and future communities. This includes providing places for people to live, go to school, play, shop and work. The Department of Urban


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