Page 825 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 6 April 2022

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MS BERRY: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the question. I note that the ACT government has committed to invest $80 million into the maintenance of Housing ACT property. I do not know the exact detail of the individuals that Mrs Kikkert is talking about, so I will take the detail of that question on notice. I might take some advice on whether or not that detail is able to be provided here publicly, in the Assembly. I will work with Mrs Kikkert’s office on how that can be provided.

MR CAIN: Minister, how many times was this house inspected in the last three years and how many times did the housing manager actually enter the home?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.

Play spaces—Aranda

MS CLAY: My question is to the minister for city services. Minister, I am pleased to see the Your Say consultation on the Aranda play space upgrade. I note there are four playgrounds in Aranda, and locals have asked me why the consultation is only looking at the playground in Banambila Street, which is not close to many houses. The other three are closer, and one of the others is also close to the school. Is there money available to upgrade any of the other three playgrounds as well as or instead of Banambila Street?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. At the election Labor committed to upgrade one playground in Aranda. We are getting on with that work of delivering the playground, starting with consultation with the community about the site for the playground upgrade.

The project will upgrade a centrally located, existing play space in the suburb. We want to provide a space for people of different ages and abilities. We want to hear from the community about that as well, as the design progresses. Consultation is currently open for the community to provide feedback on the play space in Aranda, and to provide their feedback on the location. As part of that, TCCS has already done some feasibility work, as you would expect, around potential sites. There are four play spaces within the Aranda community. We want to hear from the community about whether they agree with the preferred play spaces that have been shortlisted. Two have been shortlisted, which are the play spaces on Banambila Street and Jalanga Crescent.

MS CLAY: Minister, if the community want different playgrounds upgraded, how exactly should they tell government about that?

MR STEEL: As part of the consultation, we have the Your Say page. People can get in touch directly with the government via email. There is an online survey. There is also an active Q&A section. There will be a community pop-up session held tomorrow at Aranda playing fields, from 2 to 4 pm. There are opportunities to directly engage face to face with TCCS, and we have already had quite a strong response from the community, with 225 surveys completed.

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