Page 2765 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Local shops—upgrades

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of local shops to local communities;

(b) that many local shops are becoming rundown and are in need of an upgrade;

(c) the Government promised in 2012 to upgrade the Evatt, Florey, Fisher, Gwydir Square, Hughes, Glasson St, Macquarie, Mannheim St, Rivett, Fraser, Carleton St, Fadden, Wanniassa, Castley Circuit and Marconi Crescent local shops; and

(d) the majority of the promised upgrades have not been completed or even commenced; and

(2) calls on the Government to undertake the upgrades to all local shops as promised in 2012.

I am pleased to move this motion today about local shops. Local shops are a great community meeting place in the heart of most of Canberra suburbs. Most suburbs, of course, do have shops and ones that do not usually have one very close by. Canberra was designed so that people could visit their local shops for essential items and group centres and town centres for access to a wider range of shops and services. Under this design, people could walk or drive to their shops easily and regularly. We are concerned that the run-down state of many local shops in and around Canberra is discouraging people from visiting them.

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