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(3) As part of this bridge replacement project, is the Government considering the construction of a new bridge nearby the Umbagong stepping stones; if not, will the Government consider the construction of this bridge.

(4) Is there an initial timeline for the replacement of these bridges; if so, what is that timeline.

(5) Is there an intention to upgrade other park amenities and facilities as part of this bridge replacement project.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Government has had ongoing communication with the local community about the closure of the pedestrian bridges in Umbagong District Park and their necessary repair.

In October 2021 an ‘Umbagong Bridges’ project page was set up on the City Services website coinciding with the rollout of 18 corflute signs throughout Umbagong District Park. These signs had a QR code linking back to the project page which provided an update on the permanent closure and planned replacement of the three footbridges as well as offering an opportunity for the community to join a mailing list to remain updated on the project.

Umbagong District Park contains significant ecological values including matters of National Environmental Significance (protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) as well as under the Nature Conservation Act 2014. Umbagong Park also has heritage values protected under the Heritage Act 2004.

Community consultation on the look and feel of the new pedestrian infrastructure will take place in early 2022, after the specialist ecological and heritage surveys are complete.

(2) The community will be advised about consultation on the look and feel of the proposed replacement footbridges via social media, stakeholder emails, and a letterbox drop.

(3) The project does not include an additional bridge near the stepping-stones.

(4) The timeline for replacement of the bridges is dependent on the outcomes of ecological and heritage surveys currently underway.

(5) The scope of the project does not include upgrading of other park facilities and amenities. The Government’s priority is to provide safe pedestrian crossing points which are consistent with the heritage and ecological values of Umbagong Park.

Municipal services—mowing contractors
(Question No 529)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 12 November 2021:

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