Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 October 2017) . . Page.. 4341 ..
The government’s efforts in Ginninderra have extended to other initiatives too. We have started planning for the expansion of Bindubi Street and planning upgrades to William Hovell Drive. Local community organisations have also been supported, with the Ginninderra Catchment Group sharing in $125,000 worth of grants to enhance their frogwatch data portal. The government has also made planning changes to promote economic growth in the region.
A Territory Plan variation to provide greater flexibility for UC in the development of its campus was approved this year. This forward-looking move will enable billions of dollars of investment in the area, delivering jobs and development for Belconnen.
As you can no doubt tell, Mr Assistant Speaker, a significant amount of change is underway in Belconnen, particularly in the town centre. With this in mind, I have put out the call for a Belconnen showcase, an opportunity for local business, development, government and other interested parties to meet and discuss the future of the town centre. The showcase has the potential to provide a full picture of what is happening in the town centre, to encourage all members of the community to ask questions and get up to speed about the changes underway and to reinforce and reinvigorate activity in the town centre. I look forward to continuing to work with government to bring the showcase to fruition.
I am extremely proud of what this government has achieved in only the first year of our term. I have reeled off a long list of projects today, and I know I am barely scratching the surface. Every electorate in Canberra has similar stories to tell, as we have heard, not to mention the major projects such as light rail and the West Basin development which will improve the city for everyone’s enjoyment.
All I can say, to finish, Mr Assistant Speaker, is that if this is what we can do in just one year, I look forward to the next three years with very high expectations and a great willingness, like you and other members of this place, to continue delivering for our community.
MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (3.53), in reply: I would like to echo the words of all my colleagues and Ms Le Couteur here today on the wonderful things and the positive achievements this government has been able to deliver in the first year of government. It is a shame that the only speaker from those opposite spent most of his time talking about negative things and all the terrible stuff that they have never, ever shown support for.
I note Mr Coe raised education and funding for teachers. I know that this government spends a lot of time ensuring that teachers are well protected in their workplace and are given the support and the encouragement they need to provide people like me, as a product of the ACT public education system, the chance to be whatever they would like to be. I am very proud to stand here today in support of all the initiatives that this government has delivered, not only in this term but in previous terms, to support our educational officers, teachers, support staff and all those working in our schools.