With Prime Minister Turnbull visiting the Governor General today to call for an election on 2nd July there a couple of key issues I believe Gungahlin residents in the Federal seat of Fenner should consider.
This week saw the confirmation that the Department of Immigration will remain in Belconnen after much lobbying from the Belconnen Community Council and the local businesses in the Belconnen Town Centre. This decision demonstrates just how important having a large employment base in our town centres is for the viability and vibrancy of businesses. Gungahlin needs a much larger employment base in Gungahlin to boost local business and encourage further growth in the town centre. The ACT Government has led this by moving hundreds of ACT Government staff to Winyu House however more needs to be done.
We really need to see a Federal Department set up in Gungahlin as is the case in the other town centres. This will require a long term commitment and careful management noting the commercial vacancy rate across Canberra. This is also in line with the original design of the Canberra town centres where people could live, play and work in the one town centre. Boosting employment opportunities across Gungahlin will also ensure there is patronage of the light rail in both directions. We need to make it clear to those running in the Federal election this is important to us.
Another key point for the Federal politicians is the Barton Highway. It is time that this major highway is upgraded and duplicated to Yass. There has been too many major accidents on this key highway in and out of Canberra and Gungahlin, it is time for action. We know people that commute into Canberra every day for work and we have family that live in Yass so we know the importance of upgrading this major highway.
For our Gungahlin residents that have turned 18 since the last elections it is important you are enrolled to vote in the upcoming Federal and ACT Government election. It is important you have your say in your and our futures.
If you have moved to Gungahlin since the last elections make sure you are correctly enrolled so you can have your say.
You can enroll and check your enrollment details here: www.aec.gov.au/