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Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I put a point of order of relevance. We have given her a minute. The question is what responsibility will she take for the ongoing failures. These have been well litigated. They are the subject of this independent review. Does she take any responsibility for that? It is a very simple question.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson. There is no point of order. I cannot direct the minster how to answer but she is in the scope of the question.
MS DAVIDSON: Going to Ms Castley’s assertion about mental health services, plural, in Canberra, I think it is really important for this Assembly to have an understanding of the diverse range of mental health services we have in the ACT and the success of a number of initiatives that have been introduced in recent years. As I was saying, the Safe Haven in Belconnen has been—
Opposition members interjecting—
Mr Davis: Madam Speaker, point of order. I am loathe to take a point of order Madam Speaker as I love an interjection as much as the next person but I have been keeping tally: there has not been an occasion when Minister Davidson has come to her feet today where she has not been spoken over by Mr Hanson on at least two occasions per question.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you for bringing it to my attention Mr Davis. Mr Hanson, I think you have heard the complaint. Oh, look—the time has expired.
MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the progress of suburban infrastructure upgrades at the Weston group centre?
MR STEEL: I thank Ms Orr for her question. The ACT government is building the infrastructure that our growing city needs. This includes the delivery of upgrades as part of our biggest ever suburban infrastructure program. I am very pleased to advise the Assembly that we recently released the construction tenders for upgrades to the Weston group centre. I would like to thank the local businesses and community groups who provided valuable feedback on the design during targeted stakeholder engagement last year to help revitalise Weston Creek’s main street, Brierly Street.
Key themes heard during the community consultation were trees and canopy cover, landscaping, improved pedestrian safety and better amenities, including lighting. I look forward to updating the Assembly on the construction of these upgrades, which is expected to kick off around the middle of this year.
MS ORR: Minister, what will be the features of the upgrades at Cooleman Court?
MR STEEL: Cooleman Court is a busy and vibrant centre for a range of shops and services. The centre was developed in the 1970s, with the architecture reflecting this period. Brierly Street, in particular, is a flourishing cafe and restaurant strip. I am really looking forward to seeing improvements made to enhance this environment for