The Canberra Liberals welcome the Federal Government’s decision to relocate a Commonwealth agency to the Gungahlin Town Centre. The area deserves a Commonwealth agency to boost the local economy and offer residents enhanced employment options closer to home, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today.

“Town centres across Canberra were designed as hubs and are underpinned by Commonwealth departments and agencies. We welcome the announcement that the benefits realised in other town centres will be realised in Gungahlin,” Mr Hanson said.

“The decision will mean a big boost for small businesses in the town centre as well as the wider region,” Mr Hanson concluded.

“It’s pleasing to see the Federal Government taking strategic decisions for the location of the public service in Canberra. Gungahlin has come of age and relocating an agency is the next logical step. It also provides the opportunity for more people to live and work in the Gungahlin region,” Mr Coe said.

“Gungahlin’s population is rapidly expanding and I look forward to the benefits the Commonwealth Public Service presence will have in Gungahlin,” Mr Coe concluded.