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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 June 2019) . . Page.. 2177 ..

The new P-6 school in Throsby will have capacity for 450 students and up to 132 preschool students, with space to accommodate future student growth. I am especially pleased to note that the new Throsby school will be built to the highest standards of sustainability, including all-electric heating and cooling systems. It is so important that we make sure our growth is as sustainable as possible. The school will also feature high quality learning environments, incorporating both indoor and outdoor learning areas as well as integrated spaces to support students with specialised needs. The new Throsby school will be ready to take students in the 2022 school year. I encourage families in the area with young children to keep an eye out.

Gungahlin can also look forward to a new high school in Kenny and this will cater for 800 students from years 7 to 10. It is planned to open in the 2023 school year, and the 2019-20 budget delivers the initial funding to undertake the planning and design for the new high school.

Another exciting infrastructure investment for my electorate is the new home of football in Throsby. This will provide new, dedicated football playing fields, an indoor futsal facility and amenities to support the players and clubs that will call the area home.

I am also happy to report that there has been a strong response from the Yerrabi community following the start of light rail in the Gungahlin town centre. I am pleased to watch people ride along the light rail corridor, embrace the convenience of the new light rail network and incorporate it into their daily commute. After such positive feedback from residents and local businesses, I look forward to the initial works commencing on stage 2, as provided for in the budget, so that my constituents will be able to travel right through to Woden and the south side.

Another significant investment in infrastructure for my electorate will be delivered through duplicating the arterial road between Ginninderra Drive and the Barton Highway. Thousands of Canberrans use this road every single day, and I am pleased that the Belconnen and Gungahlin suburbs of my electorate will be better connected by this project.

It is also worth noting that roadworks on Horse Park Drive and Gundaroo Drive have finished, which will make everyone’s daily commute much smoother. The upgrades have delivered a duplication of approximately 2.6 kilometres of Horse Park Drive between the Federal Highway and Well Station Drive, including two lanes in each direction, a new three-metre wide shared path along the southern side of Horse Park Drive, a new road bridge and shared path bridge over Sullivans Creek, 400 eucalyptus trees planted along the corridor and better access to the parking area for the Goorooyarroo nature park.

Finally, I am happy to note that the 2019-20 budget will deliver 17,000 trees across the ACT. This is brilliant news, as more trees will go a long way to improving the livability of the suburbs right across my electorate for residents as well the ecosystem. The 2019-20 ACT budget will deliver significant investment in the infrastructure and services that residents across Belconnen and Gungahlin need. I look forward to

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