Page 1543 - Week 05 - Thursday, 2 June 2022

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in Appendix 2 paragraph 18 of the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement of the 10th Legislative Assembly (PAGA). This commits the government to further restrict roadside electoral advertising, including stronger regulation of roadside corflutes and the introduction of specific offences for roadside advertising using illegally parked or idling vehicles for commercial or political purposes. This work is closely aligned to work currently underway in response to the Justice and Community Safety Standing Committee Inquiry into the 2020 ACT Election and the Electoral Act. It will be progressed as part of the broader package of electoral law reforms arising from that inquiry.

TCCS actively engages the community and industry on issues regarding illegal signage. For example, directorate representatives recently met with the Real Estate Industry regarding non-compliant signage installed on public unleased land. The team uses an educate first approach to ensure that the community is informed and aware of the requirements and regulations that control signage with relation to size, construction, time in place and any prohibited actions.

In relation to the petitioners’ request for increased presentation of locally commissioned artworks in public spaces, in March 2022 the ACT Government ran Canberra’s inaugural Surface urban art festival. During the festival 35 local and interstate artists worked across 30 walls and structures transforming the built environment with street art, graffiti, portraits, stencils, Indigenous art, geometric and abstract art. This has resulted in 30 new public artworks being added to Canberra’s City Centre, Braddon and surrounds, which will remain in place well beyond the festival.

Transport Canberra and City Services also runs an ongoing street art program which supports the delivery of large - scale murals and commissioned public art in locations which may otherwise be subject to illegal graffiti. This initiative has added dozens of colourful commissioned artworks to depots, local shops, toilet blocks and other public buildings across Canberra’s suburbs in recent years.

Balanced and well-regulated use of outdoor advertising – including on public transport – can support public and community information campaigns and promote economic activity through promotion of local businesses. The ACT Government will continue to enforce existing restrictions on public outdoor advertising, to ensure public amenity is maintained.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Motion to take note of petitions

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petitions and responses so lodged be noted.

Environment—kangaroo management—petition 17-22

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.05): I rise today very briefly to present this petition on behalf of the community activists who have worked so hard to gather these signatures. The petition calls for a moratorium on the kangaroo cull and an independent review. Whilst I do not share the same view as the petitioners, I will always support community involvement in our democratic processes.

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