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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1929 ..

Construction is also well underway on the third stage of the duplication of Gundaroo Drive, connecting Belconnen and Gungahlin. We are nearing completion of upgrades to three major intersections in Belconnen, as well as the intersection of Launceston and Irving streets in Woden.

In Canberra’s south, we are delivering upgrades to the Monaro Highway, which will see a new grade separated interchange built at Lanyon Drive, including a southbound flyover, which will improve safety and commute times. Meanwhile, early designs are also progressing for upgrades to the Isabella Drive interchange. Together, these works will provide a faster and safer commute for residents of Tuggeranong and significantly improve one of the ACT’s most dangerous roads, which also happens to be a major freight link for freight, particularly transiting through to southern New South Wales.

In addition to these larger scale projects, we are making sure that we continue to invest in the local community infrastructure across our suburbs, from our local shops and playgrounds to our shared paths and the beautiful district parks and lakes across our city. We know that these are among the things that make Canberra a great place to live and give each of our suburbs and regions their own special character.

We have just finished consultation with residents in the suburbs of Kaleen, Campbell and Duffy to hear about the kinds of upgrades they would like to see to their local shops. Earlier this month we released the proposed designs for a new four-kilometre shared path along Sulwood Drive, providing a key missing link in the cycle network for residents in Tuggeranong.

Meanwhile, over in Pialligo, we have been working with the business and residential community on upgrades to Beltana Road and Kallaroo Road to make it safer for pedestrians and vehicles and to provide access to Pialligo Road as well, while honouring the rural feel of the area that we know is so important to locals and business owners.

We are investing in better managing Canberra’s waste to help build a circular economy. This includes delivering upgrades to our materials recovery facility in Hume, which is critical for the entire region, not just the ACT, to ensure that we can do our bit as the national waste export ban progressively takes effect. These upgrades will deliver better identification and separation of recycling streams such as paper, glass and plastic.

By reducing contamination rates, this will lead to better quality recycled products which can go on to be used for a range of purposes in remanufacturing, from providing pipe bedding for water infrastructure projects to turning it back into recycled paper or plastic products. We have a lot more work to do in the waste space, and we are currently undertaking the necessary scoping and planning to map out the further infrastructure investments that will be needed in terms of waste management, including different kinds of waste services on the north side.

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