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upgrades, with construction underway at Campbell and Duffy shops. Consultation is underway for improvements at Kippax and Brierly Street at Weston Creek, and construction in Kaleen will be coming to a conclusion very soon.

We know that revitalising local precincts like these bring life into these communities and also provide important upgrades that make it easier for Canberrans to use their local shops and support our local small businesses. Our investment continues our commitment to new and upgraded play space and a refreshed Lake Tuggeranong foreshore precinct, improved active travel connections through Canberra and two new dog parks, which we have committed to build in Lanyon and Franklin. This pipeline of work is delivering on our commitments and creating jobs and vibrant communities.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how is the ACT government working to deliver better recreational spaces for people of all ages and abilities?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Pettersson for his supplementary. We know the importance of creating great recreational spaces for all Canberrans and how important it is that these spaces are built with everyone in mind. That was once again proven in the federal State of the environment report, where Canberra came out on top in terms of our access to open spaces.

The government has just released preliminary designs, after a wide range of community consultations, on Casey Recreation Park. This is something that I know is close to the hearts of Ms Orr and Mr Pettersson. Feedback has told us that Canberrans want recreational spaces that bring people together and are accessible for all people of all different ages. The new park will include a multipurpose court for basketball and also other types of sports. It will include all-abilities play equipment, including a nature playground to complement the existing playground close by, including a new flying fox and, importantly, toilets, barbecues and picnic tables that provide a space where the community can come together.

The new park is just one of our great projects for improved recreational facilities and spaces. It builds on our commitment to a wide range of play space upgrades in Chisholm, Gordon, Ngunnawal and Aranda. Community consultation will begin later this year on playground upgrades in my electorate, in Lyons and also in Kaleen, in Yerrabi. A record investment in suburban infrastructure will also deliver a destination playground in the inner north. We have been consulting with that community, and we are looking forward to that continuing next year with a variety of improvements across Lake Tuggeranong foreshore.

MS ORR: Minister, what can Canberrans expect from improvements to Lake Tuggeranong's foreshore?

MR STEEL: I know that it is not down in your neck of the woods, Ms Orr—through you, Madam Speaker—but Lake Tuggeranong foreshore is a really important part of Canberra. It is a great recreational precinct. We are committed to delivering upgrades there, building on the existing upgrades that we have undertaken in Anketell Street, the main street through the laneways and now through the foreshore precinct.

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