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Roads—Clunies Ross Street

MR RATTENBURY: I can provide a quick clarification on Clunies Ross Street. I can confirm to the Assembly that there is no current proposal to duplicate that road. However, Roads ACT has been looking at the road as a possibility for a future upgrade. A feasibility study on design is in the roads program forward for five to 10 years, but at this point in time has no budget funding.

Regional Development—Select Committee

Statement by chair

MS BERRY (Ginninderra): I present the following paper:

Regional Development—Select Committee—

Chair’s Draft, dated November 2013.

Alternative Draft, dated November 2013.

I seek leave to make a statement on the documents I am tabling.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: Now we have an opportunity to show the Assembly and the residents of the ACT the important work of the Select Committee on Regional Development. The inquiry into regional development considered the ACT’s relationship and engagement with its surrounding region, in particular the matters of economic development, service delivery, collaborative procurement, the environment, conservation and community resilience. The report goes into these points in great detail and we provide a series of recommendations, all of which aim to strengthen our already strong ties with our region.

Recommendations worth highlighting include that the ACT government make arrangements in the ACT and make representations to the New South Wales government so as to improve coordination at the state and territory level and across local government areas; that the ACT and New South Wales governments in collaboration develop a brand and marketing strategy for the region that draws on agricultural production, including wine and speciality foods, its clean green image, renewable energy production, and natural assets including the Snowy Mountains and the south coast; that the ACT government form coalitions with the region based on common interest to lobby for government funds for transport infrastructure; and that grants applications should be based on data collected on current and projected use, accident rates, projected economic benefits if the infrastructure is built, and opportunity cost; and that the ACT government, in association with the New South Wales government, establish a process to define and promote a tourism brand for the Australian Capital Region based on its clean green image, natural attractions, and wine and food producers. This will entail working with individual businesses and local government authorities in the region to position their attractions with the overall brand.

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