Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 May 2022) . . Page.. 1222 ..
I rise today alongside many others to remember and mourn all of those who we have loved and tragically lost due to domestic and family violence. I reaffirm my commitment to do the best I can in my office to reduce domestic violence incidents and achieve better outcomes for individuals, families and communities in this city. I am committed to holding the government to account when it comes to prevention and early intervention, as well as immediate and long-term responses to domestic violence.
I also give my thanks to all of the individuals and organisations who work tirelessly and passionately to prevent and respond to domestic violence in this city. I am grateful for the much-needed support that you give to our most vulnerable.
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.46): Today I would like to raise, as I have in the past, various issues experienced by residents in the Florey shops precinct, located in the electorate of Ginninderra. Recently, less than three weeks ago, I met and communicated with some of the brilliant residents there, particularly from the Neighbourhood Watch group and other advocacy groups. They continued to raise a range of issues, with a partial update, I must say, to follow.
I refer to: missing toilets promised in the last election by the government for Florey shops; blocked drainage on Florey Oval and its surroundings; persistent traffic issues around the shops, particularly with truck deliveries; lack of open space at Florey Primary School; and a constant lack of community consultation. These are not issues on which local residents should have to fight to be heard by this Labor-Greens government, but it seems that that is the case.
The issue of toilets for Florey shops has been raised by the residents, and by me on their behalf, on several occasions for over a year. When I was at Florey shops just a few weeks ago, there was, to the surprise of all of us who had gathered for a Neighbourhood Watch meeting, an A4 piece of paper stuck on a post, saying, “Proposed toilet site”, which surprised many.
I have been in contact with the very active residents in that group and they still have not been engaged, much to my surprise. I wrote to the minister in April last year regarding the failed commitment to construct public toilets at Florey shops and the lack of publicly available plans for this precinct. To date, there are no publicly accessible plans for the construction works or any real development so far.
It is very disappointing that the community is kept waiting for this basic sanitation amenity, given that there is a children’s playground nearby, as part of the shops precinct, and there is a primary school just across the road. The Labor-Greens government has once again failed to meet the needs and requirements of part of the community in Canberra.
On behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I applaud the vendors at Florey shops. It is a thriving precinct, with many families and businesses who deserve basic public