Page 1851 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015
Finally, in order to encapsulate the work of Mr Armitage, I thought I would read a testimonial from a family whose young daughter suffered from cancer. The testimonial reads:
We have had the most wonderful time—thank you so much for offering us this experience. We have enjoyed having the DVD collection and the surround sound as it is like being at the movies! We have also had lots of fun on the Wii and the Playstation—especially the Wii … It has been a fun thing for the girls to play with—as we don’t go to too many fun play centres … so it was great that the fun stuff came to us.
Project Box Seat and Mr Cliff Armitage bring much joy to seriously ill children in our region. I commend to the Assembly Mr Armitage and his charity and I encourage all members to visit the project’s website at www.projectboxseat.com.
MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (5.17): I rise this evening to speak about duplicating Gundaroo Drive in Gungahlin, which I have been working hard to see prioritised in the 2015-16 ACT budget. Gundaroo Drive is a bottleneck that frustrates many Gungahlin residents on a daily basis, is the scene of frequent rear-end accidents and is a particular bottleneck between Mirrabei Drive and Gungahlin Drive. Duplicating this road will take a lot of pressure off surrounding suburbs, particularly in the morning peak period and on Saturday mornings, which always gets worse over the winter sport season.
The design work was completed a couple of years ago and I understand the duplication can get underway as soon as funding becomes available. That is why I am pushing to see it funded in the 2015-16 budget.
I also know that Gungahlin residents want this road duplicated as a priority. I know because they told me in the community survey conducted by the Gungahlin Community Council at the end of last year and they told me in person at my first GCC meeting as an MLA on 11 February this year. The message was clear. So I asked the meeting whether they would like me to start a petition and they said yes. That is how the community petition started, to show just how much community support there is for this project.
I have held a number of mobile offices around the Gungahlin area since becoming an MLA and on some days people have lined up to sign. They have told me that duplicating Gundaroo Drive would greatly improve the local community and make it easier to get around. Over the last four months I have collected more than 1,000 signatures for this petition and I was proud this morning to be able to present the petition to the minister for roads, Minister Gentleman. And I would like to thank Minister Gentleman for listening to the Gungahlin community about local roads. His leadership in this vital part of our transport system is good for all of Canberra.
More than most, Mr Gentleman knows the importance of roads. That is why he also recently announced a third lane for Gungahlin Drive southbound to ease pressure on