Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 10 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3603 ..
Thursday, 19 September 2019
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The following petition was lodged for presentation:
Wanniassa bus routes—petition 27-19
By Ms Lawder, from 644 residents:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the neglect, disregard and dismay of Wanniassa residents who have been disadvantaged by the recent bus network changes and closure of bus stops in the suburb of Wanniassa. This affects residents including school children, the elderly, workers, people with mobility impairments, mothers, fathers and carers, grandparents, in fact all residents.
Your petitioners therefore call on the Assembly to:
Call on the ACT Government to reinstate some if not all Wanniassa bus routes and bus stops to enable social inclusion, ease of transport, and accessibility for Wanniassa 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.
Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services.
Motion to take note of petition
MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:
That the petition so lodged be noted.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.01): I would like to make a few comments about the Wanniassa bus petition. I pass on my thanks to the residents of Wanniassa, Kambah and Tuggeranong more generally, and some from further afield in Canberra. I would especially like to thank a local resident, a woman from Wanniassa, who has gone above and beyond in putting forward this petition, in putting copies of the petition in