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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 12 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 3435 ..

MRS DUNNE: I have a supplementary question. Mr Quinlan, while you were in Melbourne demonstrating that racing was more important than guns to you, did you attend any of the spring racing carnival?

MR QUINLAN: I was just trying to recall the first one-if I think that racing is more important. We sent someone to each.

Mrs Dunne: Did you go to the racing carnival?

MR QUINLAN: So that is the first one. Yes, I went to the Derby meeting.

Mr Hargreaves: Did you win?

MR QUINLAN: No. I got a bit of a flogging, actually, which is another story.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just answer the question, Mr Quinlan.

MR QUINLAN: Let's go back to the first answer. We actually attended both of those councils. Really, if the mob over there can't do any better than contort a question by saying that I now think racing is more important than police issues or national safety because he went to the council and not I, that is stupid.

North Gungahlin structure plan

MS GALLAGHER: My question is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Could the minister detail for the Assembly the feedback on the North Gungahlin structure plan he released last month?

Mr Smyth: It was good work we started, wasn't it, Simon?

MR CORBELL: Indeed, Mr Speaker, it was good work started by the previous Liberal government, but perhaps the former minister for planning should advise his leader on that basis.

Mr Speaker, the North Gungahlin structure plan has finally been completed. I released it at an event in North Gungahlin about a month ago. The North Gungahlin structure plan outlines the structure planning for the suburbs of North Gungahlin, the city's main development front for greenfields estates. The plan recognises changing community expectations and lessons from mistakes made in earlier stages of planning and development in Gungahlin. The Gungahlin community have made very clear what they want. They want better privacy, wider streets, more open space and improved links to community facilities and services.

The North Gungahlin structure plan responds to those issues in a lot of detail and the Gungahlin community have overwhelmingly welcomed this approach. They are pleased that the suburbs have more open space, they are pleased that the suburbs have a greater level of environmental and residential amenity, and they are pleased that the design issues that they care about are being taken into account.

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