Page 1402 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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MS FITZHARRIS: No, not in my ministerial capacity.


MADAM SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge the presence in the chamber this afternoon of the Tuggeranong Probus Club. Welcome to your Assembly.

Questions without notice

Planning—Molonglo Valley

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, on 9 March in response to a notice of motion that I tabled regarding congestion problems at the Weston group centre, you indicated that “a planned commercial centre for the Molonglo Valley will contain a mixture of community, retail, commercial, office and residential uses of different densities”. Minister, given that the local centre site in Coombs sold over a year ago, when will a shopping centre serving residents of the Molonglo Valley finally open?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. It is exciting to see the town grow, especially these new suburbs of Molonglo, Coombs and Wright. We do want to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for the people moving out to that area. In regard to the timing specifically on when that shopping centre site will go ahead, I will have to talk to my colleagues in LDA.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, have problems with the approval process for the development application for the Coombs local centre site exacerbated delays in the opening of such a centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not been briefed on any details in regard to a DA for that particular site or any hold-up there, but I am happy to take the details of the question on notice and see if I can find out for you.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, pending the opening of a shopping centre in the Molonglo Valley, what has been done to alleviate the congestion pressures on nearby centres such as Cooleman Court at Weston Creek?

MR GENTLEMAN: Quite a bit actually. If you look at some of the work the government has done recently in Weston—Cooleman Court—there is much more parking available now, there are through roads now through to John Gorton Drive, to make sure we have more traffic flow and easier traffic flow from that area into the city. We will continue to do that. As you are aware, the government announced that we would do the Cotter Road extension as well which will, of course, alleviate traffic flow problems.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

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