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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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by and write letters. I moved this motion to highlight the good work of our community sector and the partnership this government is pleased to have with it and to decry the cuts outlined clearly by those in the chamber. Members heard Mr Rattenbury just now outline a number of cuts due to federal government action.

Yes, the funding cuts to Karralika and CCC happened in December and it is now February, but this is the first opportunity I have had to stand up in this place to move this motion. That does not mean we on this side of the chamber have been idly sitting by in the intervening period; far from it.

I commend this motion to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Territory and municipal services—urban maintenance

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.56): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the general poor state of urban maintenance in Belconnen, including:

(i) long grass;

(ii) weed infested median strips;

(iii) unkempt parks;

(iv) cracked and dangerous paths;

(v) the dilapidated state of many shopping centres; and

(vi) the build up of combustible material in urban open spaces; and

(b) the steady increase in rates for Belconnen residents; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to reprioritise the upkeep of the urban amenity of Belconnen.

Mr Assistant Speaker, your electorate flyer entitled "Belconnen update 2015" trumpets the headline "Belconnen is surging ahead". But I ask you, Mr Assistant Speaker: is it really surging ahead or is that just spin?

In your document, you talk about recent and new developments, and you talked about them last week here as well. Some of them are very laudable. But some of my constituents may doubt whether any of them are particularly on time. It is also worth noting that many of the things that you trumpet are not government initiatives but private initiatives, and I think that it is a bit rich for a Labor member to trumpet private initiatives as if they belonged to his government.


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