Page 3391 - Week 08 - Thursday, 23 August 2012

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MRS DUNNE: Minister, when will the underpass and the bridge be accessible, when will work on Lake Ginninderra be completed, and what is the cause of the delay?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not have the latest timetable. I have seen it in the past, but I just want to check that it is up to date. I am just being advised by my office that there has been consultation on the Emu Bank wetlands, and I am more than happy to provide that information to the community as well.

TAMS do not just go out and start these projects without talking to people. Anyone who suggests that is the case should actually look at the work that goes into TAMS’s consultation processes.

Mr Coe: Tell that to the business owners.

MS GALLAGHER: They do not always get it right. No-one ever does get consultation right. There are always views on either side. But, I have to say, a lot of effort is put in to making sure people are aware of what is going on. If problems are raised, they are responded to. I remember a caller rang me on Chief Minister’s talkback who said, “You know, there isn’t a sign up there with information about when and what’s being done,” and that afternoon there was a sign up there explaining all of it. Again, when problems are identified, TAMS respond very promptly. We are well served by that department.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why has there been no resolution of the issues of car parking in that area when I was promised, on behalf of the employers and business owners, that it would be resolved by the end of July?

MS GALLAGHER: I understand—and I think this relates to the Hindmarsh development—there have been ongoing discussions. My last brief on it was that those had been finalised; there was a resolution. I asked a further question. I have not seen that come back. But the resolution was that the long-stay parks would be changed to allow higher turnover and to discourage all-day parking there, to allow people who were frequenting the businesses to access parking in that place. I saw that brief probably a week or so ago. My understanding is that it has been finalised to people’s satisfaction, as much as these things can, when you are also looking at parking for construction workers who are building a very large development on the other side of the road.

Canberra centenary

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, as we approach our centenary year, would you please outline what you believe are the key building blocks necessary to put in place and ensure that we have a dynamic and outward-looking economy?

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