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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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Ms Burch: You have warned those opposite a number of times not to interject. The Chief Minister, when he is trying to respond, has been constantly interjected on, and I am finding it difficult to hear him.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order and remind members of the opposition that they have been called to order. When I call you to order, I expect you to come to order or I will start naming people.

MR BARR: In the remaining 15 seconds: there are policy alternatives and other options. They have been put forward, and we look forward to them being matched by the federal government in the lead-up to the federal election, because we do need viable, long-term funding solutions for our city's hospitals and schools. (Time expired.)


MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for planning and it relates to your statement on 3 March in which you announced the need to investigate an area adjacent to the Tuggeranong town centre to determine its suitability for development. Minister, given the government's neglect of the Tuggeranong valley, what will you do to arrest economic decline and stimulate business and employment in the town centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his question and for his acknowledgement of the opportunity presented with some discussion on a possible future development for the west of Tuggeranong town centre. This would in my view, if it goes ahead, really give the opportunity to stimulate the Tuggeranong Hyperdome and the surrounding town centre.

Of course, it is early stages, as I said when launching this idea. We want to get the community on board at that early stage, as I did with the statement of planning intent. It went through community consultation, and this is the early stage of that. But it could provide a great opportunity to stimulate businesses for the territory. Indeed, we know that sales in Southquay are going extremely well. One would imagine that as those sales results come forward and people start to move into the area, that would provide some great stimulation for businesses.

At the recent pop-up cabinet, we visited several businesses in Tuggeranong that are actually thriving. They presented some of their personal issues in regard to things like parking but the customer base was very strong and they are going successfully. So I imagine that as we continue to spend our time and our efforts in revitalising that area we will see those results as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why have you taken so long to announce the possibility of such a new development?

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