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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 553..


MR CORBELL: That is still the government's intention. Clearly, though, as Mrs Dunne outlines in the preamble to her question, all of these decisions-indeed, a decision by any government in relation to any of the alignments-would also be determined by the assessment process that has to occur in relation to environmental and engineering studies. It would be silly to undertake such studies if you were not prepared to look at what those studies identify and the issues they raise.

But the intention of the government is to build the GDE on the western alignment and to build it within the time frame outlined in the current capital works budget.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when will you tell the people of Gungahlin that they may not get their road on time?

MR CORBELL: The government has been quite open and up front about the process it has to embark on to build the road on the western alignment. Unlike those opposite, we are not going to engage in pre-emptive discussion about outcomes that are yet to be reached; instead, we are going to work through each of these issues sensibly. I have been very clear and this government has been very clear to the residents of Gungahlin about our intentions, and we will continue to be so.

Kambah-anti-social behaviour

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question is to Minister Wood. The minister would be aware of my recent representations on behalf of the Kambah community about vandalism, anti-social behaviour and noise disturbing the residents around Kambah adventure playground and related speeding on Springbett Street in Kambah. Can the minister please inform the Assembly of what action he has overseen to address the problems?

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I can. I thank Ms MacDonald for the actions she has taken to bring those matters to my attention. She has been in close contact with the community there. I think she circulated more than 100 questionnaires and had a very substantial response. The problem has been well identified, which enabled us to make, I think, a fairly positive response.

Gates have now been erected to prevent congregation at the toilets. The gates and the toilets are now locked at 10.00 o'clock each night and unlocked in the morning. Graffiti is cleaned from those areas about once a week. That is a considerable change.

Ms MacDonald, I thank you for the work you have been doing with that community. I hope that brings about some improvement.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Ms MacDonald?

MS MacDONALD: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can the minister inform the Assembly as to what is happening to address the rising and related problems with the adjoining Kambah woolshed?


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