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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3086 ..


MR RAMSAY: As I say, noting that the primary responsibility for overseeing the scheme and its regulatory compliance sits with the GRC, I will trust that if there are matters there they will continue through. I have not at this stage spoken with Ms Cody in relation to the debate yesterday, which was very strongly aired. I think it was a very helpful debate to make sure that people are aware that this government is committed to making sure that the scheme is maximised for the benefit of the community.

MR COE: Minister, are you aware of any evidence that clubs have been fiddling the books?

MR RAMSAY: I note my response in the debate yesterday, which was talking through a number of areas where we have seen that the scheme has been broken and where things have not passed the pub test. I think Minister Rattenbury talked about it yesterday as well. We are aware of a number of areas where, as I highlighted yesterday, things do need to be improved. That is why we are seeking to improve them.

Tuggeranong—streetlighting

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services, and is in relation to streetlights and car park lights. Minister, on 19 September 2017 I asked you about the need for better lighting at the car park behind the CIT in Tuggeranong. At the time you took the question on notice and replied on 19 February 2018, informing me that modifications would be made. On 17 May I wrote to you about the fact that the modifications did not fix the lighting issue. On 10 July Minister Gentleman wrote to me on your behalf informing me that further modifications would take place inside the car park, which are now completed. Minister, why did it take so long, nearly a year, to get this resolution to the issue of poor lighting in this car park?

MS FITZHARRIS: I note Ms Lawder's comment that the lighting has been significantly upgraded. My understanding—and I will provide any further details to the Assembly—was that the initial work that was undertaken was a relatively straightforward task but that subsequent work took a little bit longer, particularly that related to more substantive work underground. That is why it took some time. I am sure that members opposite, many of them having sat in this place for a long time, would understand that very often, when it comes to electrical works and utility works, what happens under the ground is often quite complex and can take some time. But I am very pleased to hear that those works have now been completed.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why did it take so long to fix the light outage at the Erindale shopping centre car park?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not aware of that issue. If Ms Lawder could provide further information I will be happy to look into it.

MR PARTON: Minister, has the backlog of unfixed streetlights been rectified, and can we now expect that all streetlight bulb outages will be completed within three days of being reported?


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