Page 1497 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Kambah village

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (5.26): I rise to update the chamber on ACT Labor’s commitment to revitalising Kambah village. As residents of Murrumbidgee know, the Kambah village shops have been in need of an upgrade for some time. Since being elected in October last year as a member of the Assembly, one of my priorities has been getting Kambah village upgraded. I am very pleased to be able to provide an update on the improvements that are being made to Kambah’s group centre.

A tender for stage 1 of the works has been completed and the construction of work began in the first week of May. Stage 1 involves $300,000 of government investment to improve safety, access and public amenity in the main courtyard area. This was funded in last year’s budget. This work will include replacing old retaining walls, pavements and fences with new materials. Stage 1 is due to be completed by late June this year.

The government is also working with the building owners on minor upgrades to the adjacent facades. Pressure cleaning has also recently taken place to improve the cleanliness of the centre, which has a well-documented pigeon issue.

The bulk of the upgrades will occur in stage 2, which will be funded through Labor’s commitment at the election. I note that Labor was the only party to commit to fund upgrades to Kambah village in last year’s election. This is subject to the budget process, and I look forward to updating residents when the budget comes down in June.

These upgrades in funding are the result of thousands of residents having their say through a petition that I ran last year in support of the master plan and upgrades to the shops, and our government’s commitment to renewing Canberra, particularly in our established suburbs.

I also understand that there is an expected private development application to upgrade and expand the Woolworths building at Kambah village, which will provide Kambah with a full-line supermarket and extra retail space and improved public amenity. This private work, as well as the government’s investment in Kambah village, will see substantial upgrades that will renew and change the face of our suburb for the better.

Giralang shops

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.29): As residents in the Belconnen suburbs of Yerrabi and many of us in this chamber will be aware, the number one issue in Giralang for many years has been the redevelopment of the local shops. Over the past 11 years the redevelopment of the Giralang shops site has been held up by disputes over whether the proposed redevelopment will include a supermarket and the ongoing legal proceedings that arose out of these disputes.

The legal proceedings were brought by the operators of three supermarkets in the surrounding suburbs of Kaleen and Evatt. At question was the size of the supermarket proposed in the development application for the Giralang redevelopment. As you may

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