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and released for sale. The sites on the eastern site are expected to be released in 2016-17. Sites which can accommodate about 300 dwellings will be released on the western side during 2013-14. The remaining residential and commercial development sites will be released over the next three financial years.

Construction on the western side has now started, with the mobilisation of the machinery and equipment on the site expected to start within the next couple of weeks. I think this is a fantastic way for the government to progress the Southquay development as a priority. It will continue to look at new opportunities for residential development in Tuggeranong, it will continue the implementation of the Tuggeranong master plan and it will continue to work with stakeholders in the Tuggeranong town centre as part of its urban renewal priority.

I am sure that Southquay will be a popular place to live. As a member for Brindabella, I hope the other members for Brindabella will join me in sharing the excitement about this development. I look forward to a reinvigorated town centre with vibrant waterfront views.

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


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Arts—Belconnen Arts Centre

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.14): I rise this evening to speak in the limited time available about the Belconnen Arts Centre—the arts centre on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra—and how it has, in a relatively short time, become a dynamic centre of visual and performing arts in Belconnen and beyond. After a decade or so of discussions and consultations the Belconnen Arts Centre was finally opened in 2009. It is managed by the Belconnen Arts Centre Inc through an agreement with the ACT government.

The building was constructed by a local building company, Project Coordination, and designed by William Ross Architects. I, like all members I would think, have had the privilege of visiting the centre on many occasions. Whether it is to see art produced by school students or by local or visiting artists, concerts, performances or rehearsals, the arts centre is the hub for the Belconnen community, and its role will only increase. Whether it be through creative arts workshops, music, dance and movement classes, or seniors, children or holiday programs, there are many ways Canberrans can be actively engaged with the arts at Belconnen Arts Centre.

I commend the board and management of the centre for their professional advocacy for the expansion of the centre, including the construction of a versatile performance space. The arts centre makes the most of its superb location by capitalising on the wonderful vista provided by Lake Ginninderra. I share the view of those involved in

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