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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 2052..


Planning—service stations

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.07): I seek leave to amend my notice, pursuant to notice.

Leave granted.

MRS JONES: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Canberra has numerous disused service station sites across the city;

(b) that the community is concerned about the non-utilisation and the derelict nature of these sites; and

(c) that there is ongoing feedback from the community about the desire to see these sites redeveloped; and

(2) calls on the Government to publish by 30 May 2013:

(a) any plans to deal with the large number of vacant service stations across Canberra;

(b) any measures the Government is taking to ensure a collaborative process to seeing these sites utilised; and

(c) the list of sites and status of their remediation.

At the heart of suburban communities across the ACT are a number of derelict blocks which once housed petrol stations. These blocks are usually fenced off, however, they are often overgrown with scrubby bushes reaching out from broken shadecloth barely hiding walls covered in graffiti. Footpaths along these blocks are often overgrown with weeds, and some of these sites house disused petrol drums and boarded up broken windows.

This government is very good at putting out designer pictures of perfect lifestyles associated with their visions for Canberra's future, but for over a decade these sites have grown into derelict eyesores at the centre of our lives. At the heart of this government is a preference for grandiose schemes at the expense of the little things that make more of a difference every day to hardworking ratepayers who deserve more. What good is the city to the lake design when the front door to the local bus stop feels like a walk past a derelict graffiti hotspot?

This motion notes that Canberra has numerous disused service station sites across the city, that the community is concerned about the non-utilisation and the derelict nature of these sites, and that there is ongoing feedback from the community about their desire to see these sites redeveloped.


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