Standing up for Canberra

The Chronicle: Amenity in the Parliamentary Triangle

When I was working in the Parliamentary Triangle, a car park was a precious commodity. So in order to get one, I lived by the edict of “early to bed, early to rise” – a habit greatly assisted by a husband doing a breakfast program!

On the days when I would have to drive into Civic to visit Medicare, send a parcel or do some banking during lunch, I would hate returning to work and starting the white-knuckle car park search again. 

The announcement of the introduction of paid parking in the triangle from July 2014 will alleviate the car park pressure and stress for workers and tourists visiting our national institutions. But if the workers in the triangle are to pay for parking like they do in other business districts, it is only fair they have access to the services, such as convenience stores and shops, available in other business districts.

That’s why I requested an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories into the amenity in the triangle and welcome its approval by the Minister for Territories.

The inquiry will tell us what services are required in the triangle and how we might go about getting them. It will also go some way towards ensuring Canberrans who work in the Parliamentary Triangle have access to the amenity enjoyed by workers in Woden, Tuggeranong and Civic.

FaHCSIA 4 Tuggeranong

I’ve had a great response to the FaHCSIA 4 Tuggeranong campaign. I’ll be wrapping it up in mid-June to present the petition before the end of the sitting session.

I want every satellite city in Canberra to continue to have a strong public and private sector presence and strong micro economies. Taking more than 1000 jobs out of Tuggeranong will significantly weaken the micro economy in the town centre.

So I’m petitioning for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to stay in Tuggeranong.

For details on how to sign the petition visit or call 6293 1344.