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Unless this Assembly passes the bill, there will be companies who were relying on our support—that is the support of all the parties in the chamber—that will go to the wall. Given that these are exactly the sorts of businesses we want here in Canberra to create a green, sustainable city, we ought to be encouraging and supporting these small businesses. It would be a very sad thing indeed if we cannot.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Roads—Majura parkway

Cognate motions

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this motion cognately with private members’ business notices Nos 4 and 5. This being the case, I remind members that in debating notice No 3, private members’ business, they may also address their remarks to notices Nos 4 and 5.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.28): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Majura Parkway is an important new road development for the ACT which will:

(i) provide a major freight route linking the Federal Highway in the north to the Monaro Highway in the south;

(ii) provide better access to the Majura Valley which will become more important as the Canberra airport area continues to grow;

(iii) facilitate the movement of traffic from Gungahlin and the Federal Highway to Canberra City and other destinations to the south without unduly negative impacts on the residential environment of north Canberra; and

(iv) enable traffic from Sydney and other northern destinations to the Monaro region to bypass Canberra, functions which are currently served by Majura Road which does not have the capacity to accommodate the future traffic volumes that will arise as Gungahlin increases in population; and

(b) that the Majura Parkway will also result in:

(i) improved traffic safety due to additional lanes and grade separated entry and exit;

(ii) safer on-road cycling;

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