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keen to attract people to the Calwell shopping centre, said it had never had the need to call police and had not had any break-ins.

The Calwell shopping centre is a thriving community locus, as I mentioned before, and one that is not deserving of the unpleasant descriptions given to it yesterday by you, Mr Pratt. Calwell is a lovely place to live and the local shopping centre brings a lot to the community. I tabled those photos earlier today as proof that Calwell is not south central. It is a cosy, welcoming and friendly community that works well together to maintain this.

Local shopping centres form an important part of our urban environment and are a locus for the community participation and involvement that make Canberra such a great place to live. Community involvement in our urban surrounds, through gardening, development, maintenance and restoration projects and in partnership with government, contributes not only to our beautiful surrounds but also to our strong sense of community worth.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition) (4.22): In the 50 seconds left, I think I can say that the look of Canberra is suffering because we have a minister that has no commitment to the weed strategy. He has no commitment to infrastructure renewal. He has no commitment to relieving traffic congestion. He has no commitment to shopping centre upgrades. He certainly has no commitment to implementing the no waste by 2010 strategy. He has no commitment to making sure that extra roads are paved as they get older and older.

There is no commitment to renewing our ovals and keeping them so that our young ones can play on them. There is no commitment to looking after our trees and making sure that they are kept alive through the drought. There is no commitment to renewal of lines, signs and street markings, which I think adds to the danger out on the streets. There seems to be no general vision for what the look of the city should be.

Instead what do we get? We are going to get rid of silos. Mr Hargreaves’s silo—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The time for the discussion has now expired.


Motion (by Mr Hargreaves) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Aboriginal health
Men’s support group

MRS BURKE (Molonglo) (4.23): I would like to take the opportunity, quite rare these days in this place due to the nasty things that are said about our federal government, to praise them. They are working extremely hard in terms of looking after our Aboriginal and indigenous people.

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