The challenges for Gungahlin are manifest. As the fastest developing area in the region, Gungahlin has experienced considerable and accelerating ‘growing pains’ over the years:
- Community and social infrastructure was allowed (by multiple governments of different persuasions) to fall well behind the needs of a population surpassing 30,000 and on its way to 100,000.
- Failure to learn from past mistakes has left Gungahlin the repository of some of the worse planning outcomes in Canberra.
- The inability of successive governments to secure an adequate employment base has left most workers with no option but to commute out every day, choosing between inadequate public transport lacking in vision and certainty of service, and the daily traffic jams on inadequate arterial roads.
We believe that Gungahlin deserves a government with the vision to match our own aspirations for our community. We asked all candidates “Do you have that vision?”
To enable the Gungahlin community to hear from all candidates, the Gungahlin Community Council is conducting a Meet the Candidates evening at the Palmerston Community Centre, Tiptree Crs (beside the Palmerston Shops) on Wednesday 8 October at 7.30 pm. Full location details are also available on our website www.gcc.asn.au.
As the Gungahlin area is split across both Molonglo and Ginninderra electorates, all candidates for both of these electorates have been invited to attend. 24 candidates have accepted that invitation.
The meeting will be facilitated by Peter Martin, the former economics editor from the Canberra Times (now with The Age). Peter’s solid reputation for pragmatic economics, and familiarity with ACT politics, will ensure that candidates get fair and equal treatment, with little opportunity for spin, and residents get concerns answered.
As with all our meetings now, we will videotape the entire meeting and post it for viewing via this website. Media outlets have been invited to attend.
I urge Gungahlin residents to show in good numbers to impress upon these people, many of whom will form the next Assembly, that Gungahlin is a community to which they need to listen and to look after.