16 February 2017

Plans for Tuggeranong cemetery and crematorium appear to be put on hold

Legislative Assembly - Questions without Notice

MS LAWDER: My question is to the minister for planning. In 2008 the ACT government set aside a site on Mugga Lane for a new cemetery. In 2013 the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority Chief Executive was quoted in the Canberra Times as saying that a multi-million dollar cemetery and crematorium would be operating in the city’s south by 2017, yet in Monday’s Canberra Times there was a report stating that “the government was reluctant to state whether plans had been scrapped”. Minister, has the government scrapped plans for a new cemetery and/or crematorium in Tuggeranong?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question. Whilst I am not the minister with responsibility for cemeteries, Planning and Land Management is my portfolio. We have looked at the opportunity for a new cemetery on the south side. Those investigations continue. However, in the meantime, before providing certainty on a cemetery site for the south side, we are looking for other opportunities across the ACT to take up that role, if you like. It is important, particularly for the people of Tuggeranong and those living on the south side, to have an opportunity for end-of-life options in that form, and we will continue to work along that process.

MS LAWDER: Thank you to the non-minister for cemeteries. Minister, when will Tuggeranong have a cemetery and crematorium?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is a matter of timing, looking at the availability of the land and, of course, looking at the other options. We have announced that we are expanding the Woden Cemetery. There is an opportunity there for some take-up before we provide a cemetery for Tuggeranong. It is a concept we have discussed with the community, and we intend to do that further down the line.

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the question quite clearly asked when. I did not hear a particular time frame in the minister’s response.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has time to respond to your question. Minister.

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, I said further down the line.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, can I just clarify. Are you still talking about the Mugga Lane site? You have knocked back a variety of opportunities. I should possibly declare that I was previously a member—

MADAM SPEAKER: No preamble, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Are you still committed to the Mugga Lane site? It was not clear from your answer.

MR GENTLEMAN: At this stage we have looked at the Mugga Lane site. We are also looking at other opportunities on the south side.

Andrew Wall MLA
Member for Brindabella
Shadow Minister for Education and Training
Shadow Minister for Local Business and Tourism
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations

Media Release Tuesday 14 February 2017


Through a motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Canberra Liberals will call on the ACT Labor government to take immediate action and work with the owners and managers to ensure that the mpowerdome can continue to operate as one of the ACT’s most important sporting venues, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today.

“The mpowerdome has operated as Canberra’s leading venue for sports; including tennis, soccer, netball, volleyball, handball and modified sports for many years and in recent times has seen an average of 144,000 people through its doors who are all in the pursuit of an active lifestyle,” Mr Wall said.

“Even the ACT government’s own report has recognised that the mpowerdome has played, and could continue to play a vital role in the pursuit of the objectives of increasing the ACT community’s physical activity levels, from social through to high performance participation.

“Successive ACT Labor/Green governments have been well aware of the parking constraints facing the operators and have even cited the parking issues as an impediment to the future of the operation in separate reports.

“There is a simple solution and it’s time the Minister sat down with operators and managers of the mpowerdome and worked with them to ensure the continued viability of this important and iconic Canberra sporting venue,” Mr Wall concluded.

5 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will make the necessary changes so it’s quicker and easier for Canberrans to adopt locally. Our plans will make the adoption process more streamlined, which is in the best interests of children and families, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“In some cases, families wishing to adopt in the ACT have had to deal with a process taking several years. It just isn’t good enough,” Ms Lawder said.

“Our commitments to speed up local adoption total $1.163 million and include:

  • $150,000 for an independent review of the local adoption process in the ACT.
  • More than $700,000 for additional caseworkers.
  • More than $300,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support workers.


“Through a review of blockages in the system, supporting vulnerable families, more case workers and better information sharing, our efforts will be focused on speeding up local adoption, when it’s in the best interests of the children or young people.

“We want there to be more opportunities to secure permanency of a relationship through adoption and will strive to get the best out of our system in the ACT,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Wednesday 2 November 2016

ACT Leader of the Opposition, Alistair Coe has announced the Canberra Liberals Shadow portfolios. The new roles demonstrate the Canberra Liberals commitment to delivering an alternative vision for Canberra, one that will work against a two-tier society and look out for families, youth, seniors and the most vulnerable members of the community.

“Each one of the new Canberra Liberals Members will be taking on portfolio responsibilities with Members from the 8th Assembly taking on new challenges,” Mr Coe said today.

“I will continue as the Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Transport, I will also take on the role of Economic Development. Each of these portfolios are key areas in terms of growth and employment for our city.

“My deputy, Nicole Lawder will take on the Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage portfolios and will work closely with the community to ensure we are getting the planning needs for Canberra right.

“Andrew Wall will remain the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and will become the Shadow Minister for Local Business and Tourism and the Shadow Minister for Education and Training. With Mr Wall’s background in small business and management he will bring fresh ideas to each portfolio.

“Jeremy Hanson remains the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Mr Hanson brings a wealth of knowledge to both roles and represented each in the past Assembly with pride.

“Giulia Jones will add the Police and Emergency Services and Corrections portfolios to her responsibilities along with her former role as the Shadow Minister for Women. Mrs Jones took on the portfolio of Emergency Services just months before the October election and hit the ground running with new ideas which she will no doubt continue to do.

“Steve Doszpot has extensive experience running organisations and will now use those experiences and skills to represent the Canberra Liberals as Shadow Minister of Urban Services. Mr Doszpot will also remain Shadow Minister for ICT and Seniors.

“Vicki Dunne will take on the role of Shadow Minister for Health as well as Shadow Minister for Arts. Mrs Dunne has spent the past four years as Speaker of the Assembly and with the skills and knowledge she gained from that role will continue the Canberra Liberals fight for a local Health system all Canberrans deserve.

“Elizabeth Lee will represent that Canberra Liberals as Shadow Minister for Environment and Shadow Minister for Disability. Ms Lee has a background in law and will tackle her new responsibilities with the enthusiasm she approaches all aspects of her new role with.

“Elizabeth Kikkert is a mother of five children and has strong family values and with that will become the Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services as well as the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

“Mark Parton will take on the roles of Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing. Mr Parton has a keen interest in both of these areas and will work with Canberrans to ensure all voices are heard within these portfolios.

“James Milligan will represent our team as the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Sport and Recreation. Mr Milligan’s strong community connections will no doubt stand him in good stead to take on these important responsibilities.

“I’m extremely proud of our Shadow Ministry. We all look forward to the next four years of service to the people of the ACT and serving in our respective roles with honour,” Mr Coe concluded.

Canberra Liberals Shadow Ministry
Alistair Coe
Economic Development

Nicole Lawder
Planning and Infrastructure

Andrew Wall
Education and Training
Local Business and Tourism
Industrial Relations

Jeremy Hanson
Veterans’ Affairs

Giulia Jones
Police and Emergency Services

Vicki Dunne

Steve Doszpot
Urban Services

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Kikkert
Families, Youth and Community Services
Multicultural Affairs

Mark Parton
Gaming and Racing

James Milligan
Indigenous Affairs
Sport and Recreation

4 October 2016

The number one priority of a Hanson led Canberra Liberals Government will be fixing the health system that has been so badly neglected by ACT Labor and the Greens over the past 15 years, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Today I’m delighted to be announcing additional commitments to boost services at Calvary Hospital to further strengthen our plan for health across Canberra,” Mr Hanson said.

“Our further commitments include:

  • $12.5 million for an emergency department expansion at Calvary Hospital. Our commitment will expand the adult short stay unit by eight beds to create a net total of 15 adult and 4 paediatric SSU beds. There will also be a new procedure room and paediatric consultation room and 12 new nurses.
  • $4.2 million to upgrade inpatient mental health facilities at Calvary.
  • $1.64 million to expand Calvary’s midwifery-led model of care, so women can receive consistent care from the same midwife for the duration of pregnancy, the birth and post-natal care.

“We have already committed to a $395 million redevelopment of the Canberra Hospital, two new Local Public Hospitals in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong, 52 new nurses at the Canberra Hospital, extra security at the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals, funding to boost GP services and self help organisations, and more public defibrillators.
“The Canberra Liberals are committed to fixing the health system and we can do that because we won’t waste $14 billion on trams,” Mr Hanson concluded.