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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1157..


Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64-

Public Trustee Act-Public Trustee-Appointments to the Public Trustee Investment Board 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable instrument DI2003-26 (LR, 6 March 2003.

Road Transport (General) Act-Road Transport (General)-Declaration that the road transport legislation does not apply to certain roads and road related areas 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable instrument DI2003-28 (LR, 11 March 2003).

Utilities Act-

Utilities (Dam Safety Code) Variation Determination 2003-Disallowable instrument DI2003-27 (without explanatory statement) (LR, 6 March 2003).

Utilities-Water Restriction Scheme Approval 2003 (No 1)-Disallowable instrument DI2003-29 (LR, 13 March 2003).

Gungahlin town centre

Government response to motion

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): I seek leave to make a statement on the Gungahlin town centre community consultation report.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, this statement is in response to the motion from Mrs Dunne which the Assembly considered and passed during the last sitting of the Assembly. That motion called on me, as Minister for Planning, to immediately recommence consultations with the Gungahlin community over the design and layout of the Gungahlin town centre, particularly in relation to a pedestrian precinct and town square.

During the previous debate, I spoke at length on the extensive amount of consultation which has already occurred on the Gungahlin town centre and the way in which consultation was continuing. I am pleased to be able to provide an update to members on this consultation process.

It is worth mentioning, however, before I focus further on the consultation process, that the government has subsequently announced a $40 million private sector investment in the Gungahlin town centre. There are two major developments. One involves Coles Myer, who will develop section 13 with a Coles Supermarket, specialty retail and commercial space. Woolworths will develop section 14 with a Big W, specialty retail, commercial space and residential apartments.

These developments are major investments and will be a boost the Gungahlin area. They are also a sign of the high level of business confidence, not only in Gungahlin but in Canberra in general. The two projects represent a private sector investment of over $40 million. Retail space in the Gungahlin town centre will triple, providing the first Big W on the north side of Canberra. The Coles supermarket will provide Gungahlin residents with greater choice in the variety of retail products.


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