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investment in strengthening Civic’s status as a destination for arts, culture and entertainment, and significant investment has been made in growing our arts precinct, including Civic Square and City West.

By encouraging more people to visit, live and work in the city, we revitalise our cafes, our restaurants, our shops and our public spaces and make the heart of the city more socially vibrant.

MS PORTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Would the minister advise what specific projects the government has undertaken or will undertake to upgrade public facilities in the city?

MR BARR: Over the past two budgets, the government has provided almost $9 million for capital works in the city area. The action plan that I have just mentioned is aimed at improving the look, feel and operation of the city. Some of the recently completed projects include lighting, road pavement and footpath improvements in Bunda Street, and amenity and safety enhancements to the Latin American plaza.

In coming weeks, work on Alinga Street will also be finished. This project will deliver better lighting and wider footpaths in front of Canberra House. It will make the area more attractive to people moving between the ANU and city east. It will benefit bus passengers using the city west bus stops. It will certainly benefit Canberra House traders, including the Canberra Club and the Wig and Pen.

We will continue to deliver public realm improvements across the city. I refer, for example, to the installation of new lighting in key locations. This includes the Mort Street taxi rank, the city interchange, the verges of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings, as well as Verity and Odgers laneways. We have also begun work to refurbish the verge along London Circuit from Ainslie Avenue to Nangari Street.

These are just some of the projects that the government is currently undertaking and will continue to deliver within the city.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, do all commercial landowners in the CBD pay the CBD levy in addition to rates and land tax?

MR BARR: I understand that within the number of zones within the CBD, including Braddon, there are contributions made to that levy. That, of course, goes to provide a variety of activities that are very broadly supported by the CBD business community. I certainly hope that we will continue to see initiatives such as the skate in the city

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