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Push by residents for village upgrade
Chris Steel collects signatures on his petition calling for an upgrade of Kambah Village.
Tuggeranong residents are calling on
the ACT Government to step up the
pace and get on with upgrading
The expansion of the Woolworths
supermarket from a 1611-square metre
store to a 2500-square-metre store was
a key part of the Kambah group centre
draft master plan released in late 2012.
It whet the appetites of the
community back then, but several
years on, ACT Labor candidate Chris
Steel said residents were hungry for
Mr Steel said an overwhelming
number of people he had spoken with
felt the plans for upgrades and
expansion had lost momentum.
He has launched a petition in
response to their feedback as a means
to demonstrate the enthusiasm for
realising redevelopment visions for the
area. So far, there were more than 500
signatories but Mr Steel said he hoped
that figure would double before he
tabled the document in the ACT
Legislate Assembly in April.
Residents really want this to
happen as soon as possible,'' he said.
There was a small petition done
last year that got about 70 names
which I found out about this week as
a result of my petition which so far has
more than 500 names and it's
The longstanding Kambah resident
and fledgling politician said he was
forced to shop in other areas as
Kambah Village didn't house a full
line of supermarket items and
We are one of the largest suburbs
in the southern hemisphere, certainly
the largest in Canberra, but have one
of the smallest group centre
supermarkets,'' he said.
Mr Steel's Facebook page about the
petition has gone viral'' he said with
several hundred people posting their
views. The most common comments
calling it the worst woolies'' and
others stating small business deserve
Contrary to concerns raised about
how an expanded supermarket could
cannibalise existing independent and
small traders, Mr Steel said he
believed the upgrades and expansion
would stimulate commerce.
It will bring back residents who
are currently going to Cooleman
Court, Wanniassa and Mawson.''
He said the master plan process had
built up a lot of expectation and
residents were eager to see works start.
It should have happened a long
time ago,'' he said.
In response to the petition I'd like
to see the developer working with the
ACT government to make sure that the
first stage of the master plan is
delivered. And over the long haul, all
of the owners working with the
government to deliver other parts of
the plan as well.''
Review to size up
Following the tragic death of eight-
year-old Bradyn Dillon the ACT
government has announced it will
conduct a review into system level
responses to family violence.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr and
Deputy Chief Minister and Attorney-
General Simon Corbell made a joint
announcement to appoint Laurie
Glandfield AM to lead the external
The government stated the review
would be conducted in the context of
the tragic loss of the young boy's life
but emphasised it was not an
investigation into the specific case.
It's hoped the appraisal of how
services, agencies and directorates
responded to these types of crimes will
better protect Canberrans.
Mr Glanfield served as the Director-
General of the New South Wales
Department of Justice for more than
He will be supported by the ACT
Co-ordinator-General for Domestic
and Family Violence and a small team
is expected to deliver the report to the
government by April 22, 2016.
Minister Corbell released the Terms
of Reference for the review, which is
formally constituted under the
Inquiries Act 1991 to ensure access to
protected and sensitive information.
"I am confident of Mr Glanfield's
ability to lead this inquiry given his
extensive knowledge of Australian
justice and legal systems," he said.
"The review will further consider
the extent to which ACT authorities
are legally able to, and do share and
receive information on at risk families
internally and with other jurisdictions.
Family and domestic violence claims
the lives of more than 100 people in
Australia each year.''
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