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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2353 ..



subject of considerable pressure, Mr Speaker, from local residents-in the form of petitions seeking an upgrading in view of the tragic fires that have occurred there and promises by the government, this government, to make bushfire areas a priority-have been ignored.

I find myself, therefore, in the position of accusing this government of being insincere, insensitive and inflexible in terms of addressing real issues. I would urge you again to reconsider the situation in relation to the Duffy shops in terms of compassion. I would suggest that you reconsider the situation in relation to the Deakin shops just in terms of a broken promise.

I'd now like to briefly address the Gungahlin Drive extension, although this is really a matter for Mrs Dunne. I'm concerned in a general sense, Mr Wood, about the number of road developments that take place and seem to go on forever, interminably. It's a bit like the Chief Minister answering a question in question time. We have a situation where a lot of these developments go on and on. Of course there is a blow-out in costs.

We are told that $32 million is going to be expended on the Gungahlin Drive extension. I am wondering whether this will be enough for the entire length of road required, because I understand that it's not only Gungahlin Drive, it's also the extension of Caswell Drive and the work involved there. I would like to have some assurances in relation to that.

Horsepark Drive, of course, is a similar situation. We're not sure just how much this is going to cost. It began at $7 million, it's now $10.4 million. The extension of time for Horsepark Drive to be completed now, I understand, is June 2004, that is, if it's on schedule.

The Fairbairn Avenue improvement is another initiative which has been announced. I must say I was over there at Campbell-


: The member's time has expired.


: I'll take my second 10 minutes, if I may, Mr Speaker.

I was over there the other night looking at the proposals. I must say that a fine job has been done. The problem with the hump just before Treloar Crescent, coming from the airport side, will be removed; the Truscott Street intersection will be made safer, according to local residents; and Creswell Street will be aligned to the Treloar roundabout.

Nevertheless, we have a situation where a two-lane road going up the hill to Treloar Crescent then becomes a one-lane road for the rest of Fairbairn Avenue in the direction of the airport. I don't see that as a problem for local traffic, but I am very seriously concerned that it will not relieve the heavy traffic going to Fyshwick and various points.

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