The next public meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) will be a Federal Election Candidates Forum on Wednesday 11 May 2022 starting at 6:30pm at the Eastlake Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin (Directions).

The forum provides an opportunity for the residents of Gungahlin to interact directly with candidates and ask them questions. All candidates seeking to be elected (on 21 May) to represent the ACT in the Federal Senate and for the Federal electorate of Fenner have been invited to attend.

The forum be live streamed on Facebook via the GCC Facebook page.

All parties represented at the forum will be asked to provide an opening statement, and then residents will have an opportunity to direct questions to the candidates.

The GCC has asked candidates to consider the following topics in their opening statements:

Employment in Gungahlin

  • What actions will you take to facilitate the development of employment and community services in the Gungahlin Town Centre?
  • What actions will you take to establish (or relocate) Commonwealth agencies, offices, or facilities in the Gungahlin Town Centre or Gungahlin region?
  • How would you support the commitment from the ACT Government to work with the Federal government to establish a flexible workplace hub in Gungahlin, as articulated in the “Gungahlin Town Centre – A Prospectus for APS Investment“?

Infrastructure in the Gungahlin Region

  • The Barton Highway-Gundaroo Drive intersection has the highest accident rate in the ACT. Will you work to secure funding to replace the existing roundabout at this location with an overpass and for the duplication and further improvement of the Barton Highway?
  • How will you ensure the sale and subsequent redevelopment of the CSIRO Ginninderra site results in quality outcomes for the residents of Gungahlin, Belconnen and, more broadly, Canberra?
  • Will you ensure the 850 premises in Gungahlin (Casey Stage 1) and the village of Hall with Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) NBN connections are upgraded to Fibre-to-the Premise (FTTP)?
  • Gungahlin is a region of young families that lacks many of the community and sporting facilities expected by residents. Can you describe your education, health and sport policies, and what specific funding commitments you would make to improve health services and develop community sporting facilities in Gungahlin including:
    • Supporting the proposed Community/Arts Centre in the Town Centre and the Multicultural Centre at EPIC
    • Further improvements to parks such as Yerrabi Pond and surrounding nature reserves such as Mulligans Flat
    • Expansion of the Medicare office in Gungahlin.

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