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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 October 2014) . . Page.. 3709 ..

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Transport and urban renewal policies

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Canberra is now in its second century, and the ACT government remains focussed on ensuring that the city continues to evolve as a modern, well planned and vibrant city; and

(b) planned investment in building our city must continue if the city is to maintain its position as a city of innovation, urban amenity and one of the world’s most liveable cities;

(2) further notes that:

(a) the ACT government has identified health, education, transport and urban renewal, and remediation of Mr Fluffy homes as its priority areas;

(b) the projects being delivered in these priority areas are multi dimensional, delivering economic stimulus, jobs and social benefits across the city;

(c) the ACT government continues to implement projects in all of its priority areas, including work to commence Stage 1 of a light rail network for the city and a light rail master plan to inform future stages;

(d) the transport and urban renewal priority area is focussed on infrastructure and strategic projects across all modes of transport that provide transport choice to Canberrans and support long term land use change across the territory;

(e) the government has delivered successful urban renewal projects, including in Braddon, the Kingston Foreshore, Belconnen Town Centre, City West and New Acton, and these projects have delivered economic, social and environmental benefits to the Canberra community;

(f) urban renewal and transport is supported by extensive master planning, including the recently completed master plans for Tuggeranong, Erindale, Weston Creek and Dickson;

(g) the light rail from Gungahlin to Civic, for which expressions of interest will be called later this week, will deliver significant social and economic benefits in addition to providing sustainable transport and an impressive entrance worthy of the city of Canberra as the capital of Australia;

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