Page 5487 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (6.43): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS ORR (Yerrabi) (6.43): As I have spoken about it a few times already in this place, I would like to discuss Giralang in my final adjournment speech for the year.

Opposition members interjecting

It is true. I have recently had a few of Giralang’s younger residents write to me about the shops and I wanted to share a few of their words. I note that they have all given me permission to do this. James wrote to me:

Dear Ms Orr

I appreciate the work you’ve done for the Giralang community. I am writing the letter to bring an important issue to your attention. The building site near our school has been abandoned for a long time.

The site where the old Giralang Shops were is currently an unsafe wasteland. Some people, even Primary students, go there. It is too dangerous as they could be injured. A brick could fall at their feet and no one can help them. Giralang needs a community hub.

Canberra suburbs were designed to have a shopping complex or other community meeting place, parents and guardians can pick up the groceries after they pick up their children.

Every afternoon students are coming out of the 7 eleven with slurpees. It’s unhealthy. We need more healthy things that a new supermarket can provide. That way people can have healthy options instead.

Yze wrote to me:

Dear Ms Orr, I am writing this letter to talk about the construction site next to Giralang Primary School.

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