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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (5 December) . . Page.. 4519 ..


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Gungahlin - Sports Facilities

MS McRAE (5.58): Mr Speaker, I want to wave this around and read out a little of what this story says.

MR SPEAKER: You may read it, but do not wave it around.

MS McRAE: This little quote reads:

With planning of the Gungahlin Town Centre well under way, development of the nearby recreation, education and entertainment precinct is the next hurdle facing the ACT Government and a community starved of sports facilities.

Members may recall that a little earlier today I asked a question - in fact, I think it was Ms Follett who asked the question - - -

Mr De Domenico: Ms Follett asked the question.

MS McRAE: Yes. I wrote the question. We do these things. She asked why the Gungahlin sporting facilities had not begun. The Minister said he had no idea and he would take it on notice. It is a little disturbing to us when a paper as important as the Gungahlin Chronicle features it on their front page and the Minister for Urban Services knows nothing about it. The expressions of interest closed on 4 September. I would like to point out that today is 5 December. It is a matter of grave concern to the community that nothing is happening - if one had bothered to read the story. The people are looking forward very much to having something for their youth to do and are very much in support of this proposal. One can only wonder how it is that the Minister responsible for this, who called for expressions of interest on 4 July, and expressions closed on 4 September, can still not enlighten us today, 5 December.

Mrs Carnell: Mainly because we do not have anything to do with tender processes. They are at arm's length from government.

MS McRAE: I think the Minister ought to read the Chronicle and I think the Minister ought to pay a bit more attention to the demands of the Gungahlin community. It is most disconcerting to find that he is so ill-informed about what is happening in this electorate that he is unable to answer the question. Similarly, in the same vein, it was a school in Gungahlin that was most concerned about the absence of a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher in its school. Have we heard yet from our other Minister? No, no, no.

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