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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 596 ..


varied—some old school sites and the like—are in high demand and there is a significant waiting list. We continue to play a bit of a game of Tetris to move people into the best accommodation, but we hope to increase the utilisation of our existing properties through better management. The case of Humpy Hall is a good example of that.

MR DAVIS: Minister, what plans does the ACT government have to provide more safe, accessible and affordable community meeting spaces in my electorate of Brindabella?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I am happy to meet with him to discuss that matter. The Tuggeranong community has access to a range of community centres: the Lanyon Mura centre, the Tuggeranong Community Centre and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. There are a number of community facilities that are owned by the Property Group in the Tuggeranong region.

Mr Davis: Madam Speaker, on relevance, I asked the minister what plans the government had to commit to new spaces in Tuggeranong. I am aware of the ones that exist.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has a minute and a half to conclude his answer.

MR STEEL: I am always happy to take feedback from the community about their needs in relation to community spaces, as I am sure other ministers are who have responsibility for this area, including planning for new community facilities.

Naas Valley—bridge

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. On 23 March 2021 the Naas bridge was swept away after a significant amount of rainfall in the area. The bridge had recently been undergoing construction work. In one part, the city services website states that bridge construction was expected to have commenced in early 2020. Even factoring in a six-month delay for the bushfires, it would appear that the bridge could have been completed well before the rain. Minister, did the fact that the bridge was undergoing construction at the time of the rise in water levels contribute in any way to it being washed away?

MR STEEL: I will take that question on notice.

MS LAWDER: Minister, was the delay to the bridge upgrade affected by the $250 million infrastructure underspend by your government?

MR STEEL: No.

MR PARTON: Minister, how will the government support these residents who are cut off from Canberra, given that their next biggest urban centre is over an hour away, in the bustling retail metropolis of Adaminaby?


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