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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . .

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I am telling you that the sense of wellbeing is being affected by the ongoing inadequate parking. All I want for the residents is for a time window to be given by the government about when they expect that this group centre will be built. I am presuming that the reason that they are not being up-front about it is that they think it might be in 20 years time. People are only left to draw their own conclusions if the government will not give them any advice.

The use of the centre is up. It is not necessarily helping businesses, it does not help with confidence, and it is giving the area a bad name. You yourselves should all know in this place how important it is to be able to park at your local shops and get what you need. It is a basic necessity. I am disappointed with the way the government have managed their responses to this debate. It is disrespectful of ratepayers who are paying 40 to 60 per cent higher rates than they were four years ago for fewer services than they had at that time.

As for Mr Rattenbury's banging on about the bus network, Weston Creek does not have a better bus network than it had before. There are fewer services; there are fewer connections to major town centres. The whole place is not particularly happy with the way that the changes to the bus network have occurred, not to mention how absolutely unhelpful that is to those who are under the most pressure, driving assisted vehicles or trying to get their kids in and out of the supermarket so that they can buy their nappies and their formula and get home.

Question put:

That Mr Gentleman's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Mr Hinder Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Safe schools program

MR HINDER (Ginninderra) (12.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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