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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3894 ..

we have 90 shopping centres. An amount of $1.4 million was spent on Kambah in 2002-03. That was seven years ago but of the 90 shopping centres, maybe 15 over that time might have received some significant attention. But that means there are 75 that have not. Where do they go and what does the government say to them?

We did commit over the term of this government $8.9 million in dedicated funding to the shopping centre upgrade program. I will just touch on some of those and what we have achieved through that program. It gives some indication of the level of investment. We have over the last few years completed a couple. Over the last five years, major shopping centre upgrades that we have pursued have been at Ainslie, Deakin, Lyons, Red Hill and Scullin. Some of those are still underway.

The Ainslie shopping centre refurbishment, for instance, is underway now. That is part completed with some significant work, most particularly on the car park at the rear of the shops. Construction there commenced in March. The car park was reopened in July. We expect that program to be completed in 2010.

The Ainslie shopping centre refurbishment comes at a cost of $1.6 million. Similarly, we have completed a $1 million refurbishment of the Deakin shops just some months ago. It included repaving, widening the footpaths, improving pedestrian access, improving stormwater management, new lighting and street furniture. That was completed, as I say, earlier this year. I must say that the amenity really is very nice.

The Lyons shopping centre refurbishment has just commenced. The Lyons shopping centre refurbishment is costing $1.1 million. It will go to issues around amenity for lighting, safety, pavement, and a refreshed and hopefully much more vibrant Lyons shopping centre.

The Red Hill shopping centre refurbishment will cost $1.1 million. That is planned to commence in March 2011. We hope that will be finished in August 2011. An amount of $1.1 million has been allocated from the local shopping centre upgrade program towards the Scullin shopping centre refurbishment. It hopefully will also lift the amenity there. We did also earlier this year, of course, complete the upgrade of the Garran shopping centre at a cost of $1.1 million.

I think we have to consider the issues around a rolling program for major upgrades or refurbishment. There is a strategic approach adopted by TAMS in relation to shopping centres on the priority list. In relation to each of these upgrades, five are just about to commence or are underway and one has just been completed. Of course, the Garran shops are the sixth. These have all been pursued over this last year. Each of them comes at a cost in excess of $1 million. I think the least expensive of the upgrades was just over $1 million. It cost just under $1.1 million at Deakin and goes up to the $1.6 million refurbishment that is being pursued at Ainslie.

Just to put this into some context, I would invite members to consider that $1.4 million was expended at Kambah in 2002-03—seven years ago. There are nine shopping centres. Mr Smyth makes the case for Kambah as a very important and strategically located group centre. We cannot argue with that. But I invite members, for instance, to take a visit to the Scullin shops.

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