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MS BERRY: The advice has not been ignored. The requirements for the dwellings that would be built on those sites would ensure that they would meet the requirements to be in a bushfire abatement zone area and that public housing tenants who would live in those dwellings would be carefully identified to ensure that the sites and the dwellings best met their needs and that they would be suitable for living in those areas.
MR HANSON: Who provided the advice to you, what was the advice that has allowed you to decide to proceed with public housing on the Chapman site, and will you provide that advice to the Assembly?
MS BERRY: I will take all of those questions on notice. As to whether or not I can provide all of that advice to the Assembly, I will seek advice on that as well.
MR PARTON: Minister, can you tell the Assembly: did you ever get clearance or support from the ESA for the proposed development in Chapman?
MS BERRY: I think I will just take that on notice to be sure. But in response to the question that Mr Hanson asked about whether or not that site would be suitable, there would be a requirement for a development on that site to ensure that it met the requirements to be built in an area prone to bushfires.
MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can the Minister update the Assembly on how the government is delivering on its commitment to duplicate and improve safety on Gundaroo Drive?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson very much for his question. I will be delighted to update the Assembly on the government’s commitments to upgrade Gundaroo Drive. As many members know, the construction of stage 1 of the Gundaroo Drive duplication between Mirrabei and Gungahlin drives is progressing well. Work has already started on the construction of a new bridge for the duplicated carriageway near Gungahlin Drive. This includes very extensive work to widen the existing bridge to cater for the additional lanes heading south. A new noise wall is almost complete along the western side of the carriageway to mitigate the change in noise levels from the widened section of Gundaroo Drive, and traffic will be moved on to the new carriageway towards the middle of this year, to allow works to focus on upgrading the existing road and intersections of Mirrabei Drive and Ginn and Nari streets.
Today, with Mr Pettersson and Ms Orr, I was very pleased to announce funding of $30 million over three years for the construction of the remaining 2.6 kilometre duplication of Gundaroo Drive between Gungahlin Drive and the Barton Highway. This stage 2 duplication is a project that many in the Gungahlin community have been asking for. ACT Labor committed to it in the last election, and I am very pleased that we can deliver on this commitment in next month’s budget.