Page 3941 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015

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I commend the winners, including home of the year, Alvaro Bros Builders; custom built home of the year, the joint entry from Better Building Services, DNA Architects and Sugar Design; display home of the year, GR8 Construction Group; renovation project of the year, Alvaro Bros Builders; project home of the year, Classic Constructions; townhouse villa of the year, Taylor Knowles Bespoke Building; spec home of the year, Hurst homes; affordable home of the year, Gracious Living Constructions; GreenSmart energy efficiency home of the year, Torres Homes; coastal home of the year, Rettke builders; country home of the year, Alvaro Bros Builders; heritage renovation project of the year, Alvaro Bros Builders; outdoor living project of the year, Alvaro Bros Builders; residential building designer of the year, DNA Architects; bathroom of the year, Tranquillity Homes; bathroom design of the year, MMM Interiors; kitchen of the year, Flair Cabinets; kitchen design of the year, Department of Design; professional medium builder/renovator of the year, Today’s Home and Lifestyle; professional small builder/renovator of the year, Build Professional; HIA outstanding apprentice of the year, Brendan Westcott; host trainer of the year, Tom Magi; and work health and safety of the year, McDonald Jones Homes.

There were a number of other awards presented on the night. I congratulate all the winners of the 2015 awards as well as all those who were nominated for awards. I place on the record my admiration for the work of all the people in the building sector in the ACT.

The building industry is one of the most overregulated industries in the territory and we would do well to do what we can to make it easy to conduct business in the ACT. Not only do builders need to be good at their job, they also need to stay on top of an increasing number of complicated and sometimes excessive rules.

For more information about the work of the HIA I recommend members visit the website at

Transport—light rail

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (7.07), in reply: Last night during the adjournment debate I heard Mrs Dunne deliver the so-called views of the majority of Canberrans on light rail. Of course just like every other thing the Canberra Liberals have said this week on light rail, it has been carefully and selectively chosen to back up their negative, backward-looking view on what is needed to deliver a modern transport system for our growing city.

The Canberra Liberals are being disingenuous in their account of Canberrans’ views on light rail. Yesterday in this place and again in the media today we have had the Canberra Liberals selectively quoting from feedback that they have sourced and they have even tried to say that the majority of Canberrans are against light rail, based on the self-selecting Canberra Times survey done recently. It is simply not true.

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