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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 250..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

a prison and residential development at Tralee might be adversely affected by those plans or might adversely affect plans for a second runway.

Why is Mr Snow opposed to the residential development at Tralee? Certainly, that development would benefit the citizens of Tuggeranong as well as the citizens of Queanbeyan. I think that it is because the development at Tralee does not fit in with their secret plans to put in a second runway.

Mr Speaker, I want a prison in the ACT quickly. I want a prison at Majura, east of the airport, where it would be nowhere near residential development, where it would be close to an industrial area, on an existing transport route and within 20 minutes of court and, more importantly, where it would be well and truly within the ACT.

I also want the economic development of Tuggeranong to proceed apace. Having another town centre popping up around the airport would act against the interests of the residents of Tuggeranong. I do not support the growth of a privately owned town centre, nor do I support favoured treatment by a federal government minister or ministers of a private enterprise which would act to the detriment of my electorate.

Mr Speaker, I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Protection of biodiversity in new suburbs

Notice of motion

Notice No 6, private members' business, relating to the protection of biodiversity in new suburbs, having been called on and the member not being present, pursuant to standing order 127, the notice was withdrawn from the notice paper.

School crossings

MR PRATT (6.05): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that no suitable school crossing was built to service the new Amaroo School prior to its opening for the 2004 school year;

(2) expresses its concern that school crossings in the ACT are inadequate; and

(3) calls upon the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services to conduct a review of all school crossings and to report back on the findings of the review to the Assembly by 1 July 2004.

I would like to speak today on the state of school crossings in the ACT. As my motion states, I am very concerned that no suitable school crossing was built to service the new Amaroo school prior to its opening for the 2004 school year. I do know, however, that a school crossing has been built on the corner of Yule Street and Burdekin Avenue since the school's opening. How did the children safely cross the road before the crossing was built? That sounds like the old chicken and egg question-who crossed first?

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