Page 248 - Week 01 - Thursday, 10 February 2022

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Gungahlin—skate park

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, today I launched a petition from a well-known Gungahlin skater for the upgrade of Gungahlin skate park. Does the ACT government have any plans to upgrade the facilities there?

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you reply without announcing anything, Mr Steel?

MR STEEL: We look forward to responding formally to the petition that has been tabled in the Assembly. Yes, we do. Mr Braddock is aware that feasibility is being undertaken on lighting upgrades around Yerrabi Pond. I am sure he has passed that feedback onto the principal petitioner. As part of that work, we are going to look at what the opportunities are to brighten up and lighten up some of the much-loved areas around Yerrabi Pond so that it can be used after hours. At the skate park we are looking at the opportunity to put in some solar lighting. It may not need to rely on major, expensive utility works being undertaken, where we can install more flexibly some lighting around that area as well as other parts of the lake.

This follows community consultation that the ACT government undertook last year on upgrades to Yerrabi Pond. Many of those pieces of work are already underway, and the larger pieces of work which have come from the feedback around upgrades to toilet facilities and the like, which are also used by those who use the skate park, as well as lighting and the toilets at the other side of the lake, are being progressed. We are looking forward to getting on with that work, and I look forward to updating the Assembly as we progress.

MR BRADDOCK: Will the government consider expanding the facilities in terms of jumps or obstacles at the skate park?

MR STEEL: Following the community consultation I outlined, we worked closely with the Friends of Yerrabi Pond on what the priorities were for the upgrades at Yerrabi Pond. Those have been identified and we have put out a place plan, identifying those areas that will be upgraded. As part of that, we will be looking at lighting in relation to the skate park. At this stage, no further expansion of the skate park is planned.

We are prioritising upgrades at the Belconnen skate park at the moment, with a large half pipe and infinity ramp—thank you for reminding me, Deputy Chief Minister—which we are looking forward to installing. That can be accessed by people on the north side of Canberra, as well. We are always interested in hearing feedback about our facilities, and we look forward to considering what has been proposed in the petition.

MS CLAY: Minister, are there any plans to include new street art projects at the Gungahlin skate park, and could those be incorporated into upgrades?

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