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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 5399..


Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In accordance with the Agreement, the Government has commenced a program for neighbourhood planning, with urban planning frameworks being prepared for both Kingston and Dickson Group Centres. This will be followed by Tuggeranong Town Centre and a planning study for Pialligo was recently announced, and will be the subject of budget deliberations. The program will review other locations according to priority, into the future.

(2) See (1).

(3) The outcome of such planning exercises is to produce precinct codes for the Territory Plan

(4) The planning studies are the subject of budget decisions.

(5) The Government is committed to undertaking its planning studies based on priority needs, as determined through the budget process.

Government shopfronts

(Question No 362)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 14 October 2009:

(1) When, if ever, will the Government establish a Government shopfront in Gungahlin.

(2) What is the Government doing to ensure shopfront services in Civic are adequate.

(3) When, if ever, will the Government re-establish a shopfront in Civic.

(4) What is the total cost of these initiatives.

(5) Are the Government's commitments on shopfronts firm or aspirational.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government is undertaking planning work to establish a presence for Canberra Connect services in the Gungahlin library and school complex. A budget bid for these services will be considered in the 2010-11 Budget process alongside competing priorities for funding. Given the progress of the building program it will not be possible to achieve these services in time for the 2010-11 opening of the building.

(2) The Government believes that shopfront services in Civic are adequate. This includes the existing Canberra Connect Drivers Licence Service in the Civic Library, which also offers customers free internet access for information and bill payments. In addition there are also two Australia Post outlets in Civic available for ACT Government bill payments.

(3) The Government will continue to monitor the current shopfront service provided in Civic.


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