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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 August 1995) . . Page.. 1375 ..


However, the person that I do want to agree with in total is Ms Horodny. For example, she did point out that you cannot sit in an outdoor cafe in Tuggeranong and have a cup of coffee. She did point out that we need arts facilities and facilities moved from the centre into Tuggeranong and into outer areas. She was not being specific about Tuggeranong alone. I hope that it will not be very long before Mr De Domenico puts into place the Wood policy for an arts centre in Tuggeranong, adjacent to the lake. It can be either works or arts, whichever; I think that both Ministers have an involvement here. Maybe as part of that there will be arts facilities in the valley, which is what Ms Horodny was arguing for. Members will know how strongly I fought for that. There will also be the opportunity to have some of that outdoor environment that we all appreciate.

There are still some gaps to be filled. As Mr Kaine says, “They - the other things - will be filled by private enterprise when we get some more development on the other side of the bridge, adjacent to the lake”. Maybe we will then have some up-market restaurants or some higher-class restaurants than McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are restaurants by the lake, which are much needed; but they are for the private sector to provide for us. I am sure that they will come in due course.

The main thrust of Mr Osborne's MPI is important, and we do not take that away from him. He has raised the issue, but in the end it comes down to the provision of retail facilities. That is the main thrust of what is needed further down the valley. Hopefully, this Government is changing its approach to that which it had in opposition and will move rapidly, more rapidly than Mr De Domenico's December date, to get things going.

Mr De Domenico: You had four years. What did you do?

MR WOOD: We had it going. You stopped it all.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR WOOD: You put a close on it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The discussion is concluded.

ANNUAL REPORTS (GOVERNMENT AGENCIES) BILL 1995

[COGNATE BILL:

ANNUAL REPORTS (GOVERNMENT AGENCIES)(CONSEQUENTIAL PROVISIONS) BILL 1995]

Debate resumed from 22 June 1995, on motion by Mrs Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.


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