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This facility provides local revenue via other means by providing tourism dollars into the community, there is no need to introduce pay parking to such an iconic sporting location in Canberra.

Requested Actions

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the ACT Government to:

Reconsider the proposed design of the Stromlo Forest Park carpark so that it is more suited for its visitors’ needs;

Ensure that no paid parking arrangements will be introduced.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality.

Motion to take note of petition

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

That the petition so lodged be noted.

Stromlo Forest Park—car park—petition 30-22

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.02): I would like to say a few words about the petition that was lodged in my name today about the redesign of the Stromlo Forest Park car park, which has come about following some significant community concern about proposed changes.

The petition calls on the government to reconsider the proposed design of the Stromlo Forest Park car park because there is considerable concern about the draft design and whether it is suitable for the visitors’ needs. They are also very concerned about the introduction of paid parking, which has not been officially announced at this point, but there is quite a bit of fear in the community about that.

Prior to launching this petition, I was contacted by a number of mountain bike enthusiasts and ultramarathon-running people and their groups, who shared a wide range of concerns: firstly, about the car spaces in the proposed design of the car park, which they feel were too small because they did not allow for larger vehicles such as caravans or those with trailers. When you are taking a family, for example, or a group full of mountain bikes to the Stromlo Forest Park, you will often have the mountain bikes in a carrier on the roof of the car or on the back of the car, and there needs to be sufficient room for you either to stand by the sides of your car and unload your bikes whilst, at the same time, the car next to you might be trying to do the same thing.

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