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TCCS will undertake community consultation with residents to better understand their issues and concerns. Any changes to parking proposed will be discussed with locally affected residents prior to changes being implemented.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Municipal services—Lyons shops—petition 41-21

By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 30 November 2021, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Jones on 8 October 2021 concerning upgrades at the Lyons shops.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 8 October 2021 regarding petition 41-21, lodged by Mrs Giulia Jones MLA. The petition seeks upgrades at Lyons Shops.

The ACT Government, through Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) is responsible for the management of public space across the ACT. This often includes the public realm that supports local shopping centres.

In general, shopping precinct upgrade projects consider the need for a variety of supporting infrastructure – such as play spaces, toilet facilities and seating – through the feasibility and design planning stages. Subsequent upgrades to support shopping precincts and recreational areas across Canberra focus on improving safety and access, providing improved landscaping and other facilities that encourage people to spend more time enjoying these public spaces.

Shopping precinct upgrade projects are assessed and prioritised based on factors like amenity, function, pedestrian lighting, public safety, parking needs, quality of street furniture and landscaping at each local centre across the ACT.

The Lyons Shopping Village has been upgraded within the last 10 years. The ACT Government has also recently completed active travel improvements in Lyons leading to and from Lyons Shops, which improve access for local residents while also strengthening connections between Weston and Woden.

I am pleased to advise that as part of the 2021-22 ACT Budget, funding was committed to an upgraded playground in Lyons, to be progressed in consultation with the community. This project will also consider supporting infrastructure such as seating. I note the petitioners’ request for a playground to be installed adjacent to the shops. TCCS will undertake community consultation on this project which will consider the location within Lyons.

While there are some examples across the ACT where bike tracks have been co-located with playgrounds, another option may be for community members to submit a proposal to develop or formalise a community- built bike track on another piece of public land managed by TCCS. Community members may contact TCCS via email to explore the options, at:

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