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The ACT Government continues to invest in new and upgraded facilities across the Canberra Region. The Government has a strong track record in listening to the community as we deliver a rolling program of upgrades to a range of recreational infrastructure, including play spaces, sporting facilities, footpaths, seating, lighting, and other important community facilities. All requests for improvements to Canberra playgrounds are assessed and prioritised annually and considered for future improvements where necessary. This includes considering the provision of community recreational infrastructure on a priority basis, taking account of factors such as demand, demographics, equity, sustainability, co-location, and availability of funding. This process ensures that investments in public spaces are suitably targeted and meet the needs of all Canberrans.

In November 2021 the ACT Government released the draft ACT Play Space Strategy for community consultation. It provides a clear vision, supported by key principles, objectives and actions to guide the future planning, delivery and management of play spaces in the ACT. When finalised in 2022, the Strategy will set the strategic direction for the future of play spaces in the ACT. It will guide the forward planning, delivery and management of play spaces across the entire play space network, ensuring an equitable, inclusive, diverse and engaging mix of play opportunities across Canberra to ensure Canberrans have equitable access to a mix of district, central and local neighbourhood playgrounds.

While there are currently no plans to upgrade the area adjacent to Melba Copland Secondary School, consultation will be undertaken to ensure community needs and priorities are identified and incorporated into any upgrades in the future.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust this information is of assistance.

Municipal services—Hackett shops—petition 12-21

By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 3 February 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Vassarotti on 9 November 2021 concerning public toilet facilities at Hackett shops.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 9 November 2021 regarding petition 12-21, lodged by Ms Rebecca Vassarotti MLA. The petition seeks a public toilet facility at the Hackett shops.

The ACT Government is currently responsible for the management of 134 public toilets across the Territory. These toilets are located in various high use settings, including town and district parks, nature reserves, large shopping centre precincts (such as group and town centres) and sports grounds where private facilities are not available. These sites are intended to support a broad catchment area and support extended visitation.

While some local shopping centres have public toilets as a legacy of past policies, public toilets in local shopping centres are generally provided by the

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