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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 389 ..

MR STEEL: As soon as we can, working with the agencies that we are required to work with, as well as the legislation, and potentially the investigations that are being undertaken with ACT Policing.

Gungahlin—multipurpose centre

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the minister responsible for the community multipurpose centre in Gungahlin. Chief Minister, will community groups and non-government organisations and service providers—for example, the Police Community Youth Club—have the opportunity to be part of this project?

MR BARR: Yes. We intend to consult widely on the needs for the facility.

MR BRADDOCK: When and how will the local community groups and service organisations be able to provide input into this project’s requirements?

MR BARR: I will take the detail on notice in terms of times and dates and various engagement formats, but I would hope that would include a mixture of online and face-to-face engagement and that that can start sooner rather than later.

MR DAVIS: Chief Minister, when, at the latest, can the people of Gungahlin expect the facility to open?

MR BARR: That is a difficult one to answer. It depends, of course, on the results of the consultation and the scoping and design of the facility. I would hope it would be in this parliamentary term, but that requires the successful completion of the engagement process around the detailed design of the centre; an approved development application, there being no environmental or other issues in relation to the site; the procurement of the project going well and there being a great deal of interest in building it; and then the construction meeting all of its scheduled time frames.

Each of those processes, obviously, will be worked through. All going well—subject to the usual caveats of pandemics, earthquakes, floods, supply line challenges, workforces getting sick and any number of things that can and do happen from time to time—the desire would be to get this project underway this term and get it finished as soon as possible.

Legislative Assembly—women’s caucus

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Women. On 3 December 2020 you formed a women’s caucus across party lines with Labor and Greens women MLAs to provide an opportunity for women with diverse backgrounds and expertise to come together.

Mr Parton: What a great idea.

MRS KIKKERT: Yes. In the media release about the formation of this caucus you welcomed the opportunity to meet with Liberal women MLAs, though they were not invited to join the caucus.

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