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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 3721..


from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. They have welcomed the development of a new fire and ambulance facility to help protect and serve their local community.

We also saw issues raised about traffic management in the Charnwood group centre and, in particular, the need to improve the intersection of Lotsky Street and Charnwood Place. As a result of this capital works project, new roundabout arrangements have been put in place at that intersection. I know those new traffic arrangements have been warmly welcomed by residents in addressing a particular hot spot or concern when it comes to traffic movements in that location. Certainly, that is the feedback I have had from my colleagues who represent the west Belconnen area.

A very important part of developing these projects is community engagement. That will continue to be the case with future projects.

Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Alexander Maconochie Centre—capacity

MR RATTENBURY: Earlier in question time Mr Wall asked me a question which, roughly, if I paraphrase, was: is there capacity to install more beds in the AMC in its current configuration? I can advise that my advice is that it may be possible to add a small number of beds, but this would be subject to an assessment of operational risk in terms of thinking about factors such as staffing, detainee interaction and support services.

Schools—emergency plans

MS BURCH: There was a question around fire safety. In response to that, principals, under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, have responsibility to ensure that emergency evacuation, lockdown drills and exercises are conducted at least twice a year.

Government—policy

Debate resumed.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (3.39): I rise to speak to this motion, and the amendment today, to support my colleague in highlighting the many important social reforms and major infrastructure projects being delivered in the ACT by this Labor government since its re-election in October 2012. As you know, after the election the government set its priorities to deliver its election commitments and now, one year later, I am pleased to see that over 70 per cent of the commitments taken to the election have been appropriated and are now being delivered.

Madam Speaker, this government has a plan not only to grow a stronger and more diverse economy—because, as you know, without a strong economy it becomes more


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