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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 2227..


The Capital Metro Agency will be established, and initial design work will begin.

City to the Lake is another transformational project for our city. It will create a world-class business, residential and entertainment precinct and finally link Lake Burley Griffin to the city.

The Budget includes funding to progress design work on the remaking of Parkes Way, one of the vital first steps of the project.

Improving Canberra's urban landscape and meeting the needs of our growing city are a priority, with $45.2 million allocated for infrastructure to support urban renewal.

Our parks, playgrounds and nature reserves will continue to receive the funding necessary to meet the standards Canberrans expect.

Local shopping centres will be upgraded with improved paving, seating, parking and lighting.

There will also be numerous road upgrades, with almost $10 million allocated to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.

Infrastructure in newer suburbs, such as Molonglo, Kenny and Throsby, will continue to be expanded.

Canberra's reputation as the "bush capital"will be maintained through ongoing sustainable land management and biodiversity programs.

We are also providing funding to preserve our much-loved urban treescape with new planting and maintenance programs, and new park ranger positions.

There is also significant funding of $28 million for the Cravens Creek and Horse Park Drive water quality control ponds.

Conclusion

Today we enshrine reforms that are vital for Canberra's future, and which ensure that our community can grow and prosper.

The Budget has been restructured to fund key priorities—in disability services and education and to allow the delivery of major infrastructure projects in the future.

Canberra becomes an even more innovative and forward thinking city—and an even better place to live, work, study and do business.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.


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