Page 1559 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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I was pleased to tell the meeting about some of the great innovations in the public transport space, like electric cars, car sharing, ride sharing and making active travel work for more people. I spoke also about the flexible bus service, which has transported people more than 20,000 times since it was launched last year, offering our older citizens more opportunities to get out and about in their communities. There was much interest in the potential of our flexible bus service. And I spoke about how we will integrate light rail with buses and other modes of transport, improve our road network and make our transport system more attractive, convenient and comfortable for people to use.

It was great to get a range of questions about how we can improve our bus system, where light rail will go next, what the stops will be like and how affordable light rail will be. I will be taking many of the suggestions made to me on board. We also spoke briefly about graffiti, which I know is a big issue across our city and considerably so in Tuggeranong.

ACT Policing representatives also spoke about this issue and the great work they are doing to try and stop it. It was great to talk also about our graffiti coordinator and to put local residents in touch with the graffiti coordinator.

I would like to extend my thanks again to the Tuggeranong Community Council for having me along. It was great to explain how the ACT government is improving transport across all of Canberra. I look forward to continuing to visit other community councils across the city.


MR HINDER (Ginninderra) (6.28): I recently had the enjoyable opportunity to visit Communities@Work Ngunnawal Child Care and Education Centre to see firsthand the excellent work that Communities@Work does in north Canberra in both Dr Bourke’s and my electorate and, in this instance, in Minister Fitzharris’s electorate. The Ngunnawal centre is one of the best in Canberra and is a vital part of service delivery for families in the Gungahlin’s region. It also serves the purpose of bringing the community together around education and support for young children and support for families.

The centre was assessed and rated as “exceeding” by child education and care assurance agencies for the year 2014-15. I note that this is the highest rating achievable by a childcare centre in the Gungahlin area and a commendable achievement by managers and staff of the centre.

Commitment to education offered by the centre is second to none, with all staff being fully qualified and accredited both as education leader and early childhood leader, ensuring quality outcomes for families and their children. Particularly important is the emphasis placed on having multicultural staff that are reflective of the diversity that makes up the Gungahlin unique community.

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