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network could go, including Russell, Canberra Airport, the parliamentary triangle, Kingston, Woden, Erindale, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Kippax, Lanyon, Weston Creek and Molonglo.

The government is particularly keen to ensure that in the next stage of analysis important destinations such as Russell, Kingston, the parliamentary triangle and Canberra Airport are closely considered, and we look forward to the engagement with these stakeholders as we progress this important work.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, a supplementary question.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, how will the master plan affect the current capital metro project which links Gungahlin and the city by light rail?

MR CORBELL: There are some excellent synergies between this work and the work being undertaken for the stage 1 project. The lead consultants, Arup, are also the technical adviser for the stage 1 project. They will continue with their technical adviser work to the Capital Metro Agency, but they will also be able to inform their thinking in relation to that work through to the light rail master planning work and, indeed, vice versa. So we have a great capacity and synergy of information sharing and knowledge to build the case for the future network, identifying the corridors, confirming them and ensuring that in future planning documents these are properly taken into account.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will the master plan or subsequent work advise on the staging of the future rollout beyond Gungahlin to the city?

MR CORBELL: The intention is that options in relation to staging will be provided to the government through this document.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, why is it important that Canberra's other group centres and employment centres are considered for the city-wide light rail network?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the supplementary. It is important that we focus on other group centres and employment centres for the city-wide light rail network because it builds into the city's planning strategy—the ACT planning strategy. We know that we have to take steps in terms of land use and transport planning to focus development closer to centres, activity centres, closer to where people work, closer to where services are provided, closer to cultural activities and closer to the professional services that our community needs. Those are located predominantly in our centres, in our town centres, and in our group centres to a degree, and it is necessary that we focus development in these locations.

Why is it necessary? Because we need to build a more sustainable community. We need to create a more sustainable pattern of development. We need to make sure that,


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