Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3607 ..
MR STEEL: We will be looking at lighting opportunities right around the pond to enhance the recreational opportunities for Gungahlin residents. In addition to that we will also be looking at parking access, which was a key part of our election commitment, as well as improved toilet facilities—not only upgraded toilets on the eastern side of the pond but also new toilets and other improvements on the western side of the pond. We are hoping that that will provide more recreational benefit to the community.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Davis, a supplementary.
MR DAVIS: Minister, will additional lighting be considered in the government’s planned investments around the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore?
MR STEEL: Yes, Madam Speaker, and I know you have been actively out there as well consulting with the community on what they would like to see as part of Labor’s other election commitment to upgrade the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore and, indeed, we have invested $4.8 million in the budget to do just that. We are anticipating that early in the new year we will be able to get out and start ACT government consultations to seek the community’s feedback about what improvements they would like to see around the foreshore, particularly between Reed Street and Soward Way and areas around Lake Tuggeranong town park as well.
That will include things like landscaping, lighting, street furniture, potential improvements to the skate park and play spaces around the area, trees, vegetation—those sorts of things. But it really is up to the community to let us know what they would like to see to make Lake Tuggeranong a fantastic place to visit, to undertake recreation and a range of other activities.
ACT Insurance Authority—actuarial staff
MR CAIN: My question is to the Special Minister of State: during the recent estimates hearing the General Manager of the ACT Insurance Authority confirmed that they have no member of staff with actuarial qualifications or expertise and that actuarial advice is contracted from outside the ACT. Minister, how did ACTIA properly assess actuarial advice before making very significant determinations?
MR STEEL: ACTIA sits within the broader CMTEDD portfolio and we have extensive expertise particularly in Treasury and other parts of the ACT government that oversee ACTIA. ACTIA itself has the opportunity to seek any guidance and outside consultants as necessary to make sure they are properly covering the risk of the territory.
MR CAIN: Minister, which other ACT government entities are in the situation where they receive specialist advice but have no staff or resources suitably qualified to assess this advice and make informed decisions?
MR STEEL: It is not uncommon for agencies to go outside of government for specialist advice, particularly in relation to actuarial advice. Indeed, during estimates