These are recent media releases related to my electorate of Murrumbidgee.
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Member for Murrumbidgee Chris Steel has welcomed the Chief Minister’s announcement of an ACT Government hosted Roundtable to focus on renewal of the Woden Town Centre.
Announced during question time in response to questions by ACT Labor members, the Roundtable will form part of a Pop-Up Cabinet to take place in Woden in mid-2017.
Earlier this month, Mr Steel called on the ACT Government to host a Roundtable focusing on the delivery of the Town Centre Master Plan and bringing all stakeholders together on the planning, urban renewal and transport issues affecting Woden Town Centre.
“As the local member for Woden, it is great to see serious commitment from the Government to get on with delivering renewal at the Town Centre,” Mr Steel said.
“I’m pleased the ACT Government will host this Roundtable, so we can meet with all stakeholders and turn the exciting plans for Woden’s future into a renewal benefitting all Canberrans.”
Mr Steel particularly noted the ACT Government’s commitment to bringing Light Rail Stage 2 to Woden as an investment in the Town Centre’s exciting future.
“The light rail line to Woden will mean more people living in the Town Centre, close to public transport – it will enliven Woden’s public spaces and provide more demand for local businesses, which benefits the whole community,” Mr Steel said.
Earlier this month The Canberra Times reported up to 250 jobs would be cut by the Federal Liberal Government at the Commonwealth Department of Health, based in Woden. This comes on the back of the thousands of federal public services jobs already cut from the Town Centre in recent years.
“The Alexander and Albemarle buildings - as well as the now virtually-empty Lovett Tower – stand in testimony to the Liberal Government’s attitudes to Woden,” said Mr Steel.
“While the ACT Government has bridged part of the gap by moving 1,000 ACT public servants from the Health Directorate and Access Canberra to Woden, the Town Centre can’t rely on public servants for its future.
“Woden needs further investment from all sectors to kick start urban renewal, and the Roundtable announced today will be a step towards getting all the stakeholders working together on this.”