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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2614 ..


The committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in this petition, but will continue to monitor the design and operation of the public transport system through the annual reports process.

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.40): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services relating to petition 30-17. The petition was received by the Assembly on 30 November 2017 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A.

The signatories to petition 30-17, 749 residents of the ACT, requested the Assembly to work with the commonwealth government to protect the heritage values of Lake Burley Griffin and the surrounding landscapes, through a heritage listing and amendment to the national capital plan; halt the city to the lake development; and conduct an independent review of the development proposal for West Basin.

The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage said that the ACT government will continue to plan for the development of the West Basin area and that the detail of these plans will be open to public consultation. The committee also notes that some of the areas of this petition fall within the responsibility of the National Capital Authority.

Following consideration of the petition and the minister's response, the committee has determined that it will not be holding an inquiry into the matter at this time.

Statement by chair

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (11.42): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make one final statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services, this one relating to petition 31-17. The petition was received by the Assembly on 30 November 2017 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A.

As signatories to petition 31-17, 713 residents of the ACT requested the ACT Assembly to upgrade the playground next to the Torrens shops by allocating additional funding for new play equipment and shade, and re-establishing appropriate access between the Torrens shops at Torrens Place and the playground.

The committee notes that, in her response to the petition, the Minister for Transport and City Services said:

The request for sun protection for the playground has been noted and will be considered as part of any future shade sail installations.

In considering the petition, the committee greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with the organiser, Ms Natalia Nikolic, and to hear from her directly about the current facilities at the playground and the community's suggestions for improvement. The


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