Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (4 May) . .
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Absence of Clerk
The Speaker informed the Assembly that, due to the absence of the Clerk on personal leave, the Deputy Clerk will act as Clerk for the duration of the Clerk's leave.
The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mrs Dunne, from 100 residents:
Page bus services—petition No 2-16
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that ACTION bus services on Burkitt Street, Page, ACT have been discontinued. As a result, public transport options for residents of the three retirement villages and aged-care centres on Burkitt Street are significantly limited.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to reinstate ACTION bus services and covered bus stops with seating on Burkitt Street, Page, ACT as a service to the hundreds of aged residents living in the retirement villages as well as for other local residents.
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.
Statement by member
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Madam Assistant Speaker, I seek leave to make a few brief remarks on the petition relating to the reinstatement of a bus route along Burkitt Street in Page.
MRS DUNNE: I thank members for leave to speak. Madam Assistant Speaker, there are three retirement villages along Burkitt Street in Page. Between them, Ridgecrest, Villaggio Sant' Antonio and Coral Park RSL LifeCare accommodate some 300 self-care residents. I acknowledge the presence in the gallery today of some of the residents of the Burkitt Street aged-care accommodation. Welcome to your Assembly.