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across Canberra, to ensure all residents have equitable access to a mix of district, central and local neighbourhood playgrounds.

There are currently no plans to upgrade Braddon Park, Lowanna Street. However, should future upgrades be considered, consultation will be undertaken to ensure community needs and priorities are identified and incorporated.

This area of the inner north is well served by an existing network of green spaces. Haig Park, the Angas Street playground, Sullivans Creek green space and Corroboree Park are all within one kilometre walking distance from Lowanna Street. Corroboree Park, in particular, provides a range of recreational facilities including a basketball court, BBQs and playground. Further afield, the Hope Street playground in Dickson has recently benefited from significant investment and offers new playground facilities flat paths and seating.

The petitioners may also be interested to know that through the 2022-23 ACT Budget the Government will deliver on its election commitment to build a destination play space in the Inner North, catering for a range of age groups. The play space will be co-located with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) campus in Watson.

The ACT Government provides the Canberra community the opportunity to garner support for citizen led projects within their locale through a number of grants processes. Grants provided through the ‘Adopt-A-Park Community Grants’ land/maintenance/volunteering and ‘Nature in the Cities Grant’ grants may allow the petitioners to address some of the issues identified within their petition.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Environment—kangaroo management—petition 17-22

Ms Vassarotti, Minister for the Environment, dated 1 August 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Pettersson on 2 June 2022, concerning kangaroo culling and the conduct of an independent review.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 2 June 2022 providing Petition No. 17-22, lodged by Mr Michael Pettersson MLA, concerning the ACT Government’s Kangaroo Management Program.

The petition questions the science behind the Kangaroo Management Program and requests a moratorium on kangaroo culling whilst an independent review is conducted.

The Government’s response is structured in alignment with the key issues raised within the subject petition.

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