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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . .

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Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Tuggeranong—government services

MS J BURCH (Brindabella) (6.21): I want to talk briefly today, in the first sitting week in the year of 2018, about the government delivering on initiatives for Tuggeranong Valley. Tuggeranong is going through a period of expansion, and that is why we are planning and delivering the services that our local community needs.

Canberra is recognised as the most liveable city in the world in which to live, and I have said here before and will say at any opportunity that in Tuggeranong the sun shines brighter and the grass is greener. My co-member for Brindabella, Mr Gentleman, recognises that as well.

Speaking of the grass growing greener, it was a great pleasure to join Mr Gentleman a number of weeks ago to see the rollout of green bins. This is a very popular initiative, a welcome initiative. From Gordon and Banks in the south to Wanniassa in the north, in excess of 8,000 people from the Brindabella electorate have chosen to opt in to this system. We know why: because down south we have large gardens, magnificent gardens. I see that when we are out and about walking in the community. Opting in to the green bin services recognises that that will make the time and certainly the cost of maintaining gardens easier. It is not too late. Even though the green bins are popping up through the suburbs of Tuggeranong, it is not too late for community members who have not put their names down to get this service to register.

We are also delivering on infrastructure. I will talk about the duplication of Ashley Drive, which is very close to being completed. Ashley Drive is a very major street. It carries over 20,000 cars each and every day through our suburbs. It is a busy street indeed, so the duplication will be welcomed by many. There are underpasses and improved cycle lanes attached to that duplication. It will reduce travel time. In particular the areas of the intersections around Statton Street and Clift Crescent are well known to have a bit of a traffic jam. Certainly the duplication and the improvements for that area will improve our travel times. All of us on our way home want to get home quickly, want to get home to our families and enjoy our family time and, often, forget about the time at work that day.

In the town centre, I know that those who have visited Tuggeranong recently will see the improvement on Anketell Street, where we have invested $3 million in stage 1 of the Anketell Street redevelopment. I look forward to phase 2. While Minister Fitzharris has left the room, she can be assured that I will keep on asking about when


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