Page 2479 - Week 07 - Thursday, 3 August 2017

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Planning—Coombs shops

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development and relates to the Coombs shops, the site for which was sold in March 2015 but is still not operating. Minister, given that the site operators are now telling residents that they cannot find a supermarket operator, what is the government going to do to ensure that residents of Coombs and Wright have local shops and that the pressure is taken off the Cooleman Court shops?

MS BERRY: I will have to take the question on notice so that I can provide some more information to the member. It might include information from another minister as well.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will you investigate other options, such as pop-up shops or a coffee van or encouraging some mixed-use developments to include shopping facilities?

MS BERRY: I do not know whether it would ordinarily be the case to look at those different options. Again, I would have to take the question on notice and get some more advice to you on that.

MRS JONES: Minister, given the lack of shops in Coombs, now some years after the block was sold, when will additional shops be opened in the new Molonglo region?

MS BERRY: I can advise that the developer of the Denman Prospect development out in the Molonglo area did announce and put out a plan for a new shopping centre precinct as part of their development.

Mrs Jones: By when?

MS BERRY: 2018. I would be happy to provide the member with some more information on that at another time, if she is interested in that particular project.


MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services or, I dare say, the Chief Minister in his absence. Chief Minister, the intersection of Preddy Way and Lewis Luxton Avenue in Gordon has been the scene of a number of serious motor vehicle accidents, including five incidents of out-of-control vehicles landing in the backyard of a residence located on Lewis Luxton Avenue. Chief Minister, given that this location has been known as a speeding hotspot since at least 2014, what action has been taken to prevent further damage to people and property since then?

MR BARR: I will need to take that question on notice.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, in response to that, given that little has happened, will it take a fatality as a result of speeding to occur before action is taken to fix the problem of out-of-control cars and speeding at this location?

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