Page 901 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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surveys of the street furniture in Barton and Kingston, writing the residents group’s conservation report, Conserving and managing our streetscapes. This report was acknowledged by the National Trust ACT as a significant contribution to heritage conservation, and it was critical to Kingston and Barton Residents Group securing an ACT heritage grant to restore the iconic concrete pillar signposts in Barton. In recognition of his contributions to the community, Ian was awarded the first life membership of the Kingston and Barton Residents Group in 2016.

I want to acknowledge Ian’s substantial legacy in the preservation of our city’s history and heritage. But, beyond all of his achievements, community activism and talents, Ian was first and foremost a man who loved his family, loved his friends and loved his community. Those close to him describe Ian as a true gentleman. They say he was thoughtful, compassionate and a humble man, gentle and earnest.

Ian cared deeply about people and his sense of community spirit shone brightly, enriching the lives of the people around him. Ian will be greatly missed. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In the few seconds I have left, I also want to join with my colleague Mr Steel in recognising the passing of John Kerin, a true giant of the Labor Party and a true gentleman.

Gungahlin—multicultural event venue

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.47): I rise this evening to speak about another broken promise from this Labor-Greens government. As members will be aware, in 2019 a multicultural facility was committed to after a motion by the Labor members, supported by the Canberra Liberals. A feasibility study was committed to be investigated by August 2020, it was made an election commitment in 2020, and the Canberra community was promised that construction would start within the term.

Three years ago, this Labor-Greens government clearly misled the community. Three years ago, the Chief Minister said the project would be fully operational by the end of 2023-24, and we are a year and a half out from the end of this term and not a single shovel has hit the earth. There is still no information on the costs associated with hiring the facility and communities are being left in the dark.

Funding was available, I have been told, and last I checked there was a tender awarded for initial exploratory and planning documents. Given this Labor-Greens government’s track record of promising and not delivering, I am not surprised this election commitment is slipping away.

What also makes me very frustrated as shadow minister for this portfolio is that I know the community want this facility. They have been very clear in their expectations and still there is little progress. The community is keen for this facility to be developed and delivered, and there is a significant need for it. I have spoken to many members of our multicultural community who want this facility for so many reasons but have not been really consulted at all by this government on how much it will cost to hire, how it will operate and what it will look like.


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