Page 4357 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 13 October 2009

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actually represents and reflects a greater capital investment in this community than the Liberal Party achieved in their entire last two terms in government.

I think it is a great opportunity to reflect on the level and breadth of this government’s commitment to this community. Just look at some of the projects that have been delivered, most particularly through this last year. Belconnen Arts Centre: it is something that the Libs used to talk about that they were going to do but never got around to. They left it to us; we delivered. Tharwa bridge upgrade: no maintenance on the Tharwa bridge in their time in government. They left it to us to actually save the Tharwa bridge—a commitment of $14 million.

Upgraded airport roads: $22 million, left again to this government. All the major roadworks in this territory have been delivered by Labor governments. There we have it. Belconnen town centre: $16 million for Cohen Street extension. North-south arterial road for Molonglo suburbs: $11 million. North Weston pond: $12 million. Flemington Road duplication: $20 million. Upgraded Tharwa Drive: $11 million. These are projects delivered by this government. Alexander Maconochie Centre: an investment of $130 million in justice and in this community. New Belconnen police station: $18 million.

It is actually stunning to reflect on what this government has built and then to just name one thing that the Liberals built in government. Just name them. Give us the list of Liberal Party investment in this community and then look at this list: arts centre for Belconnen; saving a heritage-listed bridge; upgrade of the airport roads; new roads at Belconnen town centre—massive investments. The Molonglo suburbs investment; $12 million in amenity for the people of Weston Creek; $20 million for the Flemington Road; $11 million for Tharwa Drive; $130 million for justice; $18 million for a new police station at Belconnen; a multistorey car park for $45 million at the Canberra Hospital; new mental health facilities; a capital asset and development plan for the department of health worth $278 million; new Gungahlin college, $66 million; school infrastructure program, $90 million; Kingsford Smith school, $45 million; establishment of regional community facilities and neighbourhood halls, $27 million. What a massive commitment by this government to this community—more in one year than the Liberals delivered in seven. Thank you, Treasurer, for drawing our attention to this and thank you, Mr Smyth, for asking that this report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ms Gallagher presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Reports 2008-2009—

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, dated 9 September 2009.

ACT Insurance Authority (including Office of the Nominal Defendant of the ACT), dated 22 September 2009.

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