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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (28 April) . . Page.. 109 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

transfers of prisoners under the Remand Centres Act need to be referred to the Legal Affairs Committee. If that committee does not exist, obviously the reference cannot occur, and the Assembly will not be informed of what is going on in a way in which it ought to be. In order to avoid that lack of accountability occurring, I would suggest that we need to deal with this matter by Thursday of this week. I am happy to supply briefings to any members who require them prior to that time.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves) adjourned.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Gungahlin Town Centre - Road Network

MR CORBELL (5.25): This evening, very briefly, I want to raise an issue of concern to residents in the growing area of Gungahlin in relation to the development of the Gungahlin Town Centre. The town centre is now reaching a stage where it will shortly, after many months - indeed, years - of waiting, have a supermarket and what is to be known as a Woolworths marketplace complex similar to the marketplace that opened in Tuggeranong a short time ago. The concern that many residents of Gungahlin have in relation to the opening of the new town centre is in relation to the road network in that area. The road network currently focuses on only one entrance to the town centre. This entrance is well away from one of the largest population centres in the area; that is, the suburb of Palmerston. Indeed, to reach the town centre currently, Palmerston residents will have to travel a reasonable distance along Gungahlin Drive before turning into what I believe is called Northern Boulevard to reach the new Woolworths supermarket complex.

I raise this issue because members of the Gungahlin Community Council, as well as members of the community itself, have approached me in relation to the development of a very important road link which would greatly improve the access of residents from Palmerston to the new town centre site; that is, the development of the road which is notionally called Southern Boulevard. This would allow a connection directly from Palmerston across Gungahlin Drive into the town centre complex and would allow access to the new town centre and to the supermarket, which will be larger, for instance, than the supermarket that currently exists at Dickson, where most Gungahlin residents shop if they do not shop at Belconnen. It will allow access to this new supermarket and associated stores when the town centre opens.

Unfortunately, it would appear that at the moment there is no money set aside in the current budget or indeed in the capital works program for the development of this road link.

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