These are recent media releases related to my electorate of Murrumbidgee.
My Ministerial media releases are published in full here.
Member for Murrumbidgee Chris Steel, on behalf of the Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris, has welcomed the beginning of works to improve the functionality, security and appearance of the much valued shopping centre at Kambah Village.
“Suburban shopping centres serve as a central hub for local communities, whether you visit them on the weekend to pick up medication from the local chemist or to shop for groceries,” Mr Steel said.
“Kambah is the largest suburb in Canberra and these upgrades will improve Kambah Village to ensure it meets the Kambah community’s everyday shopping and recreational needs.”
Mr Steel said the $300,000 worth of upgrades - funded as part of the Government’s shopping centre upgrade program under the 2016-17 ACT Budget - are the first stage of works at Kambah Village, delivering on the Kambah Group Centre Master Plan.
The initial upgrades at Kambah Village will focus on replacement of the raised timber deck with new paving and levelling to provide more functional outdoor dining areas. It will also remove some of the walls around the central courtyard to open up the area for greater public use.
“The walking connections to, and within, the courtyard area will be improved, including new steps and an upgrade of the ramp linking the courtyard to the shops,” Mr Steel said.
“These initial works also include outdoor furniture including seats, tables, bike racks and a water refill station. Landscaping will be improved with new deciduous trees and garden beds to help cool and soften the courtyard, as well as planting to screen the rubbish bin collection area behind the Kambah Tavern.”
Mr Steel said the scope of upgrades had followed consultation by the ACT Government with the community.
“These works also follow a preliminary cleanup of the public areas at Kambah Village in March, which used high pressure cleaning to give a facelift to pavements, paths, shade sails and other furniture.”
The upgrades at Kambah Village are expected to be completed in mid 2017.
The bulk of the upgrades will occur in Stage 2, which will be funded through an additional $2 million. This was funded in the 2017-18 Budget. More information is here.