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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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Official Visitor Act—

Official Visitor (Mental Health) Appointment 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-270 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Official Visitor (Mental Health) Appointment 2014 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-271 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Public Place Names Act—Public Place Names (Nicholls) Determination 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-275 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Public Sector Management Act—Public Sector Management (Executive Vehicle Entitlement) Amendment Standards 2014 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-272 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Road Transport (General) Act—

Road Transport (General) (Pay Parking Area Fees) Determination 2014 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-253 (LR, 2 October 2014).

Road Transport (General) Application of Road Transport Legislation Declaration 2014 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-273 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation—Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Parking Authority Declaration 2014 (No 3)—Disallowable Instrument DI2014-267 (LR, 16 October 2014).

Urban maintenance

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Lawder be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of urban maintenance for the people of the ACT.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.49): In the time I have been a member of this Assembly it has been driven home to me just how important residents think urban maintenance is. The vast majority of concerns and representations that constituents make to me are about basic urban maintenance issues. Whether the residents are in Theodore, Duffy or Giralang, or Gordon, Ngunnawal or Curtin—all of the suburbs of our city—the basics of footpaths, roads, playgrounds, grass mowing, street sweeping, bus stops and the cleanliness of lakes, ponds and parks are important. Whether I am doorknocking or holding mobile offices or inviting feedback from the community in their area in one way or another, the thing I have found is that it is the small things that count to people, the small things that people really care about day to day.

Just on my drive in to the Assembly this morning, firstly, as I drove up Erindale Drive, on my left were two large mattresses which had been dumped on the side of the road and had been there for a few days. Then, as I continued to drive up Yamba Drive just near the hospital, the grass was quite high all the way along past the hospital.

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