Page 3802 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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sponsors include Sheldon Boxall, Paul Parsons, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, Cricket ACT, Col Ellis, Akka Ballenger Constantin, Kathleen Bowen, Carole Osmotherly, Anne Maree Vogt, ActewAGL, Isla Patterson, the El Khoury family, Sue Allen, Judy Power Thomson, Costco, Pam House, Michael Pitt, Exquisite Jewellers and Personality Plus Photography.

The Cranleigh art show is a wonderful example of the way the whole school community, local businesses and other community organisations come together to support a great cause. I again congratulate all those who were involved in this year’s show, especially the students who exhibited their work. I encourage members to visit Cranleigh if they have an opportunity, to see the wonderful work they are doing. Finally, I want to extend sincere thanks to the staff at the school. They do an amazing job. They are all very special people and they do a great job serving our community. For more information about Cranleigh, I encourage members to visit their website at

Transport—light rail

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.20): I will continue today with my aim of keeping members up to date with what electors in Ginninderra are saying about light rail. Ms Berry said here today that the Canberra Liberals do not consult on the issue, so I would like to spend a little time sharing some of the views that I have picked up over the last little while, and I will come back on a regular basis to update members on this.

Tina from Spence, when I spoke to her, said, “It’s a lot of money to service only one area of Canberra.” Julie from Dunlop said, “It is time to focus on some of the roads and public land in the older suburbs that are now looking very neglected and spending some money on the likes of Kippax—getting rather tired of hearing and seeing all the improvements to Gungahlin. Light rail is a complete waste of money and what will I get for the increase in my taxes to pay for it? I live in Dunlop.”

Wanda, who is also from Dunlop, simply said, “No to light rail!” Bill from Latham said, “As a professional engineer for 35 plus years, I can assure you the costs associated with the current light rail proposal will blow out significantly well before the project is ever delivered, and the ACT rate payer will be left to cover up the bills. It is a great idea which we cannot afford.”

Wendy from Fraser said, “Not required and too expensive. We don’t have the population to justify it.” Jan from Page was succinct: “Waste of money.” Geoff from Fraser said, “Complete and utter waste of our money, not needed and not necessary.” Marjorie from Spence said, “Light rail is not needed. More buses will be sufficient.” “No to light rail,” said Dianne from Florey. “That money needs to go towards hospitals first and schools second.” Joan, who is also from Dunlop, said, “No to light rail. Money can be spent in a much better way around Canberra.” Gary from Macquarie said, “Given the population of Canberra and scale of the endeavour the risk is an unacceptable and substantial budgetary burden for an infrastructure alternative that is at best ‘nice to have’ and that alone should give substantial reason for hesitation.”

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