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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 5 Hansard (11 April) . .

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Municipal services—Fadden

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, on 15 March I received a response to my letter which asked you to ensure footpath repairs were undertaken on Bramston Street in the suburb of Fadden. Your response stated:

These repairs should be completed by the time you receive this letter—weather permitting ...

Minister, as the repairs had not been commenced as of this morning and the weather has been fine over the past few weeks, are you now following in the footsteps of your predecessor and making promises that you are unable to deliver?

MR RATTENBURY: Mr Wall, I will check on that matter for you and provide you with an update.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: What other footpath repair programs are also running behind schedule?

MR RATTENBURY: None that I am aware of.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, is it your practice to advise MLAs when they write to you when footpaths will be repaired?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, it is. I seek, with assistance from the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, to provide as much information to members as possible. Members across the chamber will know that they send various requests through at times. Some of them we are able to action immediately because they are either the ones that are dangerous or that are presenting an immediate risk. They are dealt with as quickly as possible. That is whether it is footpaths, dangerous trees, litter—these sorts of things.

Some things take a little longer as they go into the program. But all of my responses seek to provide members with as accurate an update as possible. Clearly in the case that Mr Wall has described, something has not been delivered as quickly as intended. I will look into that matter and find out why it has not happened.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: When will the repairs to the footpath on Bramston Street be undertaken?

MR RATTENBURY: I believe I just answered that. I will look into it and I will provide Mr Wall with an update.


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