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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . .

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Transport—public—petition No 2-15

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of residents, business owners, service providers, shoppers and visitors of Manuka and Kingston shopping centres, Australian Capital Territory, draws to the attention of the Assembly that the shortage of bus transportation services and readily available parking needs to be addressed. This lack of transportation and parking is having a negative impact on the commercial success and enjoyment of these areas and also having a negative impact on the convenience of using these shopping centres.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to provide public transport in the form of a shuttle bus from the Parliamentary Zone to the Manuka and Kingston shopping centre areas. We request the Assembly to provide such public transport from 12 noon to 2.30 pm every day from Monday to Friday (public holidays excepted). This is an initiative of the Manuka Business Association.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo), by leave: I would like to start by acknowledging the Manuka and Kingston traders, members of the Manuka and Kingston business associations, who are here in the gallery today, members who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to collect nearly 1,800 signatures for their petition.

The petition tabled today comes from 1,784 concerned Manuka and Kingston residents. The petition itself has 1,446 signatures in the correct format and an additional 338 signatures. Irrespective of their status, all of the signatures represent the deeply felt concern that people who use the Manuka and Kingston shopping precincts feel about the lack of consultation this government has had with its residents. As the petition states, it comes from:

... residents, business owners, service providers, shoppers and visitors of Manuka and Kingston shopping centres, Australian Capital Territory ...

It draws to the attention of the Assembly:

... that the shortage of bus transportation services and readily available parking needs to be addressed. This lack of transportation and parking is having a negative impact on the commercial success and enjoyment of these areas and also having a negative impact on the convenience of using these shopping centres.

We know that parking is always an issue in Manuka. Since the introduction of pay parking in the parliamentary zone, more and more people are using streets around Manuka and Kingston and walking to work. That means, of course, they are disinclined to lose their parking spots to drive to the shops at lunchtime and the businesses in Manuka and Kingston are feeling this loss of trade greatly.


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