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bounded by Hibberson, Hinder, Efkarpidis and Kate Crace streets. The development will also include around 4,300 square metres for a major retailer, 1,450 square metres of other retail businesses, 1,500 square metres of commercial space and around 86 residential apartments. The development will also provide parking for more than 900 cars, of which more than 600 spaces will be underground.
I am particularly pleased that the complex is to be built by the Krnc Group, a long-established Canberra company who have a long history of running successful businesses in our city. Their willingness to be involved in this major new phase of development in the Gungahlin town centre clearly demonstrates the confidence they have in the future of this part of our city. I am also delighted that Greater Union, who have been a major player in the entertainment industry in Australia for many years, are working with the Krncs to operate the cinema complex.
Construction of this cinema fulfils an election promise made by the government at the last election and is another example of our continued commitment to the growth of the Gungahlin town centre.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.
MRS JONES: Minister, given the construction and investment being discussed, would you consider releasing funds to Minister Rattenbury’s department to have traffic lights put on the corner of Hinder and Hibberson Streets?
MR BARR: The Minister for Economic Development will consult with the Treasurer and the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services—
Mrs Jones: You have a split personality now.
MR BARR: Indeed, yes. And with the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services in relation to priorities in the minister’s portfolio. I welcome the suggestion from Mrs Jones. I am sure it is one that has been made to the minister and I look forward—
Mr Doszpot: You should talk to yourself more often.
MR BARR: to those discussions. Just correct form, Mr Doszpot; as Minister for Economic Development, I do not make budget decisions.
Mr Smyth: Do you take minutes when you have conversations with yourself?
MR BARR: Even a mild attempt at humour demonstrates little capacity for fun on the other side of the chamber.
Mr Smyth interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Smyth! You do not have to take it personally.