Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 March 2022) . . Page.. 411 ..
aware, we have some funding to undertake feasibility for improved lighting on the north western side of the pond, including missing sections around the pond and Gungahlin skate park. And that work is expected to be completed mid-year, ahead of us then seeking funding for further construction work.
MR BRADDOCK: Is the funding for this lighting included in that $300,000 package you have just mentioned?
MR STEEL: For the pilot project, yes. The lighting is already funded through the ACT budget. Further funding will be required to undertake extended lighting improvements around Yerrabi Pond and we need to undertake the feasibility first, to understand where we can make those improvements, whether solar lighting is appropriate around the whole of the lake and which sections could be improved through the use of solar lighting.
This is also something that we are currently installing at the new Mawson park and ride on Beasley Street, which is under construction as well. We are looking forward to this lower cost form of lighting providing a sustainable option; it may mean that we can reduce the cost and the difficulty of needing to install utilities to support the lighting.
MR DAVIS: Minister, will the government consider replacing old lights or installing new solar lights as part of the planned revitalisation works in the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore?
MR STEEL: Later on this month and into April, we will be consulting on improvements to the Tuggeranong foreshore with the Canberra community. We have not heard at this point what they would like to see around the lake. We would like to see whether lighting is a priority compared to other things. Lighting certainly is available in some parts of Tuggeranong foreshore at the moment, and we will certainly be seeking feedback from the community about what improvements they would like to see, and that includes lighting but a whole range of other things as well.
MRS KIKKERT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education. Minister, how many teaching staff are currently absent from ACT schools due to COVID-related issues at the current time?
MS BERRY: Thank you, I will have to take the detail of that question on notice.
MRS KIKKERT: Minister, at what level of staff shortages will ACT schools be closed and children sent home for remote learning?
MS BERRY: Well, that will depend on the circumstances and individual schools.
MR HANSON: Minister, what notice and support will you give families who will need to adjust to home learning if you decide to close schools because of COVID?