Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 October 2022) . . Page.. 3159 ..
Tuesday, 18 October 2022
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The following petition was lodged for presentation:
Stromlo Forest Park—car park—petition 30-22
By Ms Lawder, from 692 residents:
To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
Reason for this Petition
The Bike and trail running enthusiasts of the ACT draw the attention of the Assembly to the Stromlo Forest Park carpark. Firstly, we believe that the proposed carpark design does not currently meet the needs of its users: the car park spacing and the introduction of pay parking will have a negative effect on the user experience for regular patrons and visitors to the complex.
For patrons arriving with bikes on the roof or back of their vehicle, there is not enough space in the parking spots to safely remove their bikes. If children are also present, this space issue only worsens. Currently, the fact that there are no allocated car parks works well for people disembarking from larger vehicles such as utes, vans and motorhomes.
Visitors are also concerned about the possibility of paid parking being introduced at this carpark. Cyclists and runners are out on the trails for hours and the introduction of paid parking would significantly discourage visitors. Recreational outdoor activities such as these positively impact people’s lives and we believe the government should be encouraging these healthy outdoor lifestyle behaviours.
Additionally, for the nearby suburbs, there will be an increase in traffic congestion due to people using the facility parking in residential streets and then riding across to the park.