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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (5 August) . .

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Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, I am feeling that the outbreak of love may have ceased.

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Berry for her question and look forward to working with her on master planning across the territory. The Kingswim facility in Calwell will provide employment for approximately 70 people on a long-term basis. Not only will these 70 jobs be provided after its completion, but the project will provide jobs during construction on the site. This facility will also provide more opportunities for exercise and leisure to the local community. During winter the pool will be an especially useful asset for the community, being heated to a warm 34 degrees.

Having this new facility in Calwell will also reduce the travel time and distance for residents of southern Tuggeranong who are already using similar facilities. For people living in Banks, the new facility in Calwell will be approximately 2.7 kilometres closer than the one which already exists in Greenway and approximately 5.7 ks closer than the other similar facility near the Erindale shopping centre.

Members of the Tuggeranong Community Council have shown their support for the Kingswim facility as a great investment in the area which will benefit local residents and schools along with many seniors and provide vital industry jobs. The ACT government has also demonstrated their support with the waiving of the extension of time fees to commence and complete provisions in order to facilitate the development.

The ACT government has also committed to providing a master planning exercise for the Calwell group centre. The master plan is anticipated to start in the second half of this year and, once completed, will provide a long-term strategic planning framework for the group centre that will retain the area's unique character whilst directing and managing future growth as it occurs. The arrival of the Kingswim centre in Calwell will, along with recommendations made through the master plan, improve patronage of the Calwell group centre which, in turn, will provide more jobs and facilities in the community.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, the government recently released figures which show 3,500 people will catch capital metro in the morning peak. Minister, why is the government constructing capital metro when less than one per cent of Canberra's population will catch it to work or school?

MR CORBELL: The government is proceeding with the development of this important piece of infrastructure because it is about meeting long-term transport needs for our city. What we know, of course, is that light rail systems, when they have been established in cities around the world, have been genuinely welcomed and, in many instances, over-patronised compared to original passenger projections.

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