Standing up for Canberra

Save Tuggeranong and help businesses prosper (Canberra Chronicle, April 2013)

The satellite city concept has created a national capital of micro-economies. If Canberra is to continue to grow and thrive, it’s important that each of these micro-economies continues to prosper.

That’s why I’m petitioning for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to stay Southside, and my preference is for it to stay in Tuggeranong.

From discussion with the Secretary of the department, I understand FaHCSIA employs more than 1000 people that support the many businesses and services of Tuggeranong.

Moving them would have a huge impact on those small businesses and services. So, it’s no surprise the petition is backed by Communities@Work and the Tuggeranong Community Council and local business community.

Since I embarked on this campaign, I’ve had a couple of people suggest I’m favouring Tuggeranong over Woden. Woden is a strong micro-economy, and I want to keep it strong. But why would I support a further strengthening of one micro-economy at the weakening of another? I want every part of the Southside to prosper, and that means a strong presence of public services jobs, small businesses and services in every Southside satellite city.

So I encourage you to sign the FaHCSIA 4 Tuggeranong petition, which I will table in parliament. I’ll also meet with the minister in coming weeks. You can sign the petition in a number of ways:

  • Visit my office at 205 Anketell Street, Tuggeranong and sign up.

  • Download the petition at, get your friends and family to sign it and then send it to me at FaHCSIA 4 Tuggeranong, 205 Anketell Street, Tuggeranong, ACT, 2900 or drop it in.

  • Give my office a call on 6293 1344 and ask for a copy to be sent out to you with a stamped return envelope.

I’ll also be encouraging Canberrans to sign the petition at my mobile offices. Come on. Keep every part of the Southside strong! Sign the FaHCSIA 4 Tuggeranong petition today.