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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1246 ..

I know that there is wide interest in the proposed new community centre within the town centre. The project is identified as a commitment in the parliamentary and governing agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly. This also follows an Assembly motion agreed in February 2019. The community centre’s project brief will be further informed by a Gungahlin district community and recreational facilities assessment that is currently being prepared by an independent consultant. Engagement with key community stakeholders began in February 2021 and will continue with further community consultation in the second half of 2021. This will be considered by the government in future when it has the evidence and information to support a budget business case.

Mr Assistant Speaker, as you can see, Gungahlin and its town centre are providing homes for thousands of Canberrans and will for many years into the future. The town centre is well connected to public transport and offers a wide range of shops, amenities and recreational opportunities. There are many local businesses thriving there, which is a great endorsement of the centre’s planning. The government is continuing to monitor the growth and planning for Gungahlin to create the best centre and district possible. I thank members for their continuing interest in the Gungahlin town centre. I present the following paper:

Gungahlin—Planning for the town centre—Ministerial statement, 11 May 2021

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (11.26): I will not speak for too long as I do not wish to steal my thunder for this afternoon, but I would like to thank the minister for presenting the statement to the Assembly. I note that the Gungahlin Community Council extended a written invitation to the minister on 27 April asking him to present at one of their public meetings. Hence, I draw it to the minister’s attention that he could fit it into his schedule and provide to the local community the information which he has presented to the Assembly so that he can hear their concerns in person. Apart from that, I will leave it until this afternoon when we will have a full and substantive debate on the future of the Gungahlin town centre.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 4

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.27): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 4, dated 4 May 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings—

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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