Page 5308 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (6.23): I will be brief this evening. I wish you all—all of the MLAs, all of their staff and all of the OLA staff—a very happy and safe break. My particular thanks go to Hamish Finlay, who is the secretary of the EDT committee that I chair, and to my own staff, Ian Hagan and Jess Hynson. I am very blessed not only that they are excellent staff, excellent at their jobs, but that they are my friends as well. I note that Jess is walking into the gallery as I am saying that. Well done!

We have had some successes and some losses this year. Although we do not agree on all things, I would particularly like to note my sparring partner, Mr Ramsay, the Attorney-General. We have both actually worked pretty cooperatively. You might not guess it in this place sometimes. I acknowledge that the government has also contributed to some important law reform in the ACT this year. That is a good thing.

My father was moved into full-time dementia care last Thursday and Steve, my friend, passed on Saturday. It has been quite a week, to be honest. It has highlighted to me how precious life can be. Regardless of all of our battles in this place and our disagreements, I wish all of you and your families the very best until we, as Steve would say, resume back on the pitch again next year and the game continues.

Woden renewal survey


MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (6.25): Around the time of the Woden round table in May I launched the Woden town centre survey, asking residents to have their say on the future of Woden town centre. The survey was sent via mail and was available online. I received responses from 183 residents. Residents put forward their ideas and listed their priorities for Woden’s regeneration. Everyone who participated was keen to have their say on the future of the town centre, with 68.8 per cent of all respondents listing the demolition or adaptive re-use of old buildings as a key priority for Woden town centre.

Many echoed the views of Damien from Chifley, who wrote that “more residential development surrounding the town centre would improve economic activity and would create a vibrant urban core for us to build upon”. Other suggestions reflected unique uses for the old buildings in Woden. Respondents such as Greer from Farrer suggested:

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