ACT Budget delivers for Gungahlin
The ACT Budget will deliver for Gungahlin with $62.3 million for local roads and $31 million for a new school, ensuring quality services continue to keep pace with Australia’s fastest growing region.
Member for Molonglo and Gungahlin, Meegan Fitzharris, said the Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Roads Mick Gentleman had listened to the people of Gungahlin and committed funding to begin the duplications of Gundaroo Drive and Horse Park Drive.
“I started a petition for the duplication of Gundaroo Drive to show just how much community support there is for this project, with the hope of securing funding in the Budget. I’m proud the Budget will fund $31.2 million for stage 1 of the duplication of Gundaroo Drive between Gungahlin Drive and Mirrabei Drive.
“It will also fund $18.1 million for Horse Park Drive duplication feasibility and stage 1 of the duplication between Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Wells Station Drive, and $14 million to enhance the Gungahlin Town Centre’s traffic network.
“This will mean a big improvement for local roads, and along with the upgrades to the Barton Highway, Gundaroo Drive, William Slim Drive roundabout, will ease congestion and help prevent accidents on our roads.”
The Budget also includes $31 million for the construction and operation of a new primary school in North Gungahlin, to open in January 2019, and funding for a feasibility study for a North Gungahlin high school.
“The ACT Government is investing a record $1.5 billion in health and $1.1 billion this year for education. In Gungahlin this funds 7,279 students and 650 teachers in 8 public schools.”
Ms Fitzharris said the Budget was good for the whole of Canberra and would ensure our city continues to be the most liveable city in the world.
“This is a great Labor Budget and includes record investment of $1.5 billion in health, investment in schools and investment in an integrated public transport system.
“It encourages our community to be more active and healthy and take pride in our suburbs with $8 million invested in more mowing, cleaning, weeding and other maintenance. This includes cleaning up Yerrabi and Gungahlin Ponds.
“It also addresses important social issues by investing in key services to help put a stop to domestic violence and rejuvenating our public housing stock to better meet tenants’ needs.
“I am proud to be a member of this ACT Labor team and look forward to continuing to represent Gungahlin in the Assembly,” said Ms Fitzharris.