Page 410 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 22 March 2022

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MR HANSON: Minister, are you now conducting internal reviews of previous procurement decisions in your electorate, following the damning report from the Auditor-General.

MS BERRY: Well, the Education Directorate has taken into account the suggestion made by the Auditor-General in her report, and a number of changes have been made in responding to that report, as a directorate. The government will respond—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, on a point of relevance. The Auditor-General’s report is about changes to process moving forward. My question was directly at a review of previous procurements and whether there is an internal review occurring to previous documents.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, I would appreciate you getting to that point in the time you have left; I understand it was taken quite early.

MS BERRY: Thank you. And Madam Speaker, of course, the ACT government will respond to that report in due course.

Mr Hanson: Is that a no, or a yes? Or a—

MADAM SPEAKER: It means that your question has been answered, Mr Hanson.

Yerrabi Pond—amenities

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I understand that City Services are planning to install some solar lighting around Yerrabi pond as a trial. The Friends of Yerrabi Pond would like to know some more details. Could you please provide an update to the Assembly?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. The government is committed to improving the recreational amenity around Yerrabi Pond and, as part of the first tranche of $300,000 that we are investing in improvements to Yerrabi Pond, on the basis of community consultation that was undertaken, we are looking at improving the lighting around Yerrabi Pond.

We are going to start through a pilot of solar lighting which will be constructed along a 180-metre stretch of the northern end of Yerrabi Pond, starting with the Bizant Street playground and heading west. There will be six solar lights installed in the pilot, and the solar lights will illuminate to 100 per cent for around five hours in the evening and then revert to a dimmed mode of 20 per cent until dawn. Whilst in that dimmed mode, inbuilt passive infrared sensors in the lights will activate upon movement detection and the lights will return to 100 per cent illumination to make sure that people feel safe, particularly in those dark corners of Yerrabi Pond—when they are out exercising, for example, Madam Speaker.

So we are looking forward to this pilot occurring because it will also help to inform further lighting improvements around Yerrabi Pond. As Mr Braddock would be

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