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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4283 ..


MS FITZHARRIS: I believe that they became particularly apparent during the accreditation by the college. I will check the records, but I believe I was not formally briefed on that in that period.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why were you not aware of serious issues in your department for months after senior officers became aware of these issues?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what changes to briefing arrangements have you made following the health restructure to ensure that you have greater visibility of issues as they arise?

MS FITZHARRIS: I now receive briefings from the Director-General of ACT Health and the CEO of Canberra Health Services, and I have enormous confidence in them both to brief me on relevant matters.

Planning—Kambah

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, could you please update the Assembly on the Kambah Village upgrades following the release of the government's stage 2 plans? How does this complement other developments at the group centre?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Cody for her question. I certainly recognise her advocacy in relation to the shop upgrades and her genuine connection with Kambah Village, having worked there for a number of years. On 10 October I was delighted to update the Canberra community and particularly those in my electorate of Murrumbidgee about the exciting upgrades to Kambah Village.

Plans for stage 2 of the ACT government's $2 million in upgrades have been released detailing the upgrades to public areas around the shops. This work expands on the $300,000 we invested as part of stage 1, which focussed on the immediate courtyard area at the shops. The $2.3 million in works that the ACT government has delivered to upgrade the public areas around the shops has also been complemented by a proposed private redevelopment of Kambah shops, including an extension to the Woolworths at 14 Primmer Court.

Construction is also currently underway on a new pond at Kambah Village, which is being built under the healthy waterways project. It includes a seated platform for visitors to enjoy the view. Combined, these upgrades will make a significant difference at Kambah Village and for the 15,000 residents who call Kambah home.

MS CODY: Minister, what upgrades have been outlined in the final sketch plans?

MR STEEL: The final plan for stage 2 outlines the upgrades to Kambah Village, focusing on public areas in the south-east of the centre. The new plans outline upgrades to the existing playground, and new playground equipment such as a basket


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