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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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frequent mowing, more frequent weed control, tree maintenance and cleaning of our public transport facilities, our lakes and our ponds.

There will be a surge mowing capacity so that high visibility and high use areas, including our major parks and arterial roads, have the capacity for additional mowing if that is needed. It includes an extra mow for the entire city each year. There will also be more weed removal on road verges, median strips and cycle paths.

A rolling cleaning program which includes 440 hectares of urban lakes and ponds will be rolled out. This includes a particular focus on Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra. The funding will allow for the additional removal of debris from within lakes and ponds as well as litter picking around the edge of our lakes. There will be more staff hired to assist in the cleaning of our lakes and ponds, which means they will be cleaned every three months rather than the previous six-monthly cleaning process.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, what has already been achieved recently around our lakes and roadways?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Bourke for his ongoing interest in these important issues. We have seen, through the urban renewal program, a particular focus on upgrading facilities to make suburbs more age-friendly. There has been a particular focus in Weston Creek and in Ainslie in the inner north. We have seen new, repaired and widened footpaths, new community paths and road changes to make it easier for older Canberrans in those areas to be more mobile in their communities. The hardworking staff at TAMS have already undertaken—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson and Dr Bourke!

MR BARR: numerous activities around our city's lakes and ponds to remove litter and larger objects, as well as removing environmental weeds such as alligator weed and ribbon weed. This 2015-16 budget that we are debating this week will continue to build on the good work that is already underway, and we will continue our focus on ensuring that Canberra remains the best place in the world to live.

Mr Hanson: The coolest little capital?

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR BARR: We believe it is the best place in the world to live; those opposite do not, because they are stuck in the 1960s.

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MADAM SPEAKER: I call Mr Doszpot.


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