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The ACT Government provides public toilets in high-use areas such as town and district parks, large shopping centre precincts and sportsgrounds where private facilities are not available. These sites serve a broad catchment area and support visitation for longer periods. At this stage, there are no immediate plans to construct new ACT Government public toilet facilities at Lyons Shops. The request for a new toilet facility through this petition has been noted by TCCS for future consideration amongst other competing priorities when planning for the replacement and upgrade of existing toilet facilities.

In relation to informal use ovals, during the 1990s a number of ovals across the ACT were converted to dryland (non-irrigated), reflecting their low usage levels at the time. Unlike sportsgrounds, informal use ovals or low maintenance ovals are not irrigated and so are not suitable for organised, formal sporting use. While they also do not have facilities such as pavilions, toilets, change rooms and canteen facilities, these ovals are a great space for informal recreation by the local community.

Informal use ovals are mown on the same cycle as other suburban open space mowing – around six times per year depending on the season. Surfaces are also inspected periodically to ensure they are in a safe condition. The appearance of informal use ovals is dependent on rainfall. Like other non-irrigated open space areas, they will appear green during periods of strong rainfall but will brown off in drier weather. The Woden Valley is serviced by a large number of irrigated sportsgrounds and there are no plans to alter the maintenance regime at Lyons dryland oval or reinstate irrigation.

Installing street art on public assets such as bus stops is undertaken through the TCCS street art program. The petitioners’ request has been noted and proponents are encouraged to make a request via the Fix My Street portal to enable TCCS to include this planning for future street art installations, as artist/community interest and funding allows.

More broadly, the ACT Government is currently undertaking significant public investments in the area surrounding Lyons. Project examples include building light rail to Woden, the Woden Public Transport Interchange, the CIT Campus Woden and a major upgrade of Phillip Enclosed Oval. These projects will stimulate long-term economic growth in the area and deliver great new facilities for all residents of the Woden Valley.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Roads—speed limits—petitions 31-21 and 38-21

By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 30 November 2021, in response to petitions lodged by Mr Parton on 16 September 2021 concerning new 40 kilometre per hour speed limit zones in Civic.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letters of 16 September 2021 regarding petitions 31-21 and 38-21, lodged by Mr Mark Parton MLA. These petitions have requested the fines

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