Yerrabi is the name of the new ACT electorate encompassing all of Gungahlin, the district of Hall, and Belconnen suburbs of Kaleen, Lawson, Giralang, McKellar and Evatt.
My family enjoys Yerrabi’s cycling and walking paths, especially in the warmer weather. We walk to local cafes and restaurants as a family, and spend time in our playgrounds. My daughter and I cycle over to Gungahlin Leisure Centre for her swimming lessons, and spend even more time there over the summer.
Gungahlin Parkrun is a great volunteer institution, and outdoor exercise equipment around Gungahlin is well used. The enclosed oval has brought sporting entertainment to the heart of Gungahlin. Kaleen Indoor Sports runs competitions all week long for locals to get involved in a team sport. We clearly enjoy our sports, and the more options we have, the easier it is to make healthy lifestyle choices.
I’d like to see more varied options brought to Yerrabi, as well as appropriate maintenance of older facilities and playgrounds. The indoor sports centre announced for Nicholls has stalled at stage 1. Tennis Australia are begging the government to expand facilities in Canberra, as well as Gungahlin. Giralang playgrounds appear dated and in need of maintenance.
Outside of sport, our other entertainment options are still developing. We have a fabulous though fabulously underappreciated theatre (did you see my cameo at the Gungahlin Movie Marathon community fundraiser?). The Abbey is a wonderful live venue, and a great place to get married – just ask my wife and I!
Traveling to Civic or Belconnen to have a night at the movies isn’t the end of the world, however the life and vibrancy that a cinema brings to a town centre cannot be underestimated. Once our cinema is built and operational, other retailers are already lining up to open new stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and more. While Hoyts has been announced as a “preferred operator” for a Gungahlin cinema, contract signing has been delayed again and again, and remains unresolved.
Play is an important part of life, and Yerrabi still has a way to go in this regard. As a local, I will fight for the continual growth and maintenance of our public entertainment.