Page 3211 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 October 2022

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MR STEEL: Thank you Mr Pettersson for your supplementary question. The government has heard from the community in the early stages of this project, including feedback sent through from local members. We know that some of the biggest requests from the community for the new dog park are for plenty of shade, bins, benches and drinking fountains.

Dog parks are more than just places to bring your dog to throw the frisbee. They are places where the community can come together as well, so facilities for humans are also in the design, including a small picnic shelter, seating and a drinking fountain for the owners of our furry friends. There is a large, irrigated grass play area as well, which will be surrounded by new plantings of deciduous trees that will provide shade and canopy cover.

We also know that the community wants a mix of types of play for their dogs. That is why we have proposed a dog agility area, with formal and nature-play-style elements. We also want to make sure that the community can have their say on the concept design ahead of further detailed design occurring. I encourage residents to give their feedback on the YourSay website about the Franklin and Lanyon dog parks.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what features are being considered for the new play spaces in Kaleen and Lyons?

MR STEEL: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. I am very pleased that we have opened up consultation on two play space upgrades: in Kaleen and in Lyons, in our electorate of Murrumbidgee. We are seeking community feedback on what the needs are for these substantial upgrades.

At Lyons, we are proposing to relocate the existing very small, basic play space at the Lyons oval to be closer to the Lyons shops. We have heard from the community that they want something closer to the shops. Indeed, there was a petition to the Assembly from Mrs Jones in relation to that and with that request.

We are seeking the community’s feedback now on what they would like to see as part of that new play space. We are looking at new equipment, and people can provide their feedback on climbing structures, swings, amenity, the street furniture available, the shade trees and diverse play equipment, including such things as nature play, fitness equipment and learn-to-ride tracks.

At Kaleen, we are proposing additions to an existing play space at Wakool Circuit, and we are hoping to diversify the current offering there at that existing play space. That could include things like basketball hoops, balancing equipment and an all-ability play element as well. We are keen to hear the community’s feedback, and we will be informed by their feedback ahead of finalising the designs. We are looking forward to those then getting under construction.

Of course, we are getting underway with the other wide range of play space upgrades that we are also undertaking across the ACT, including upgrades at Chisholm, Gordon, Aranda and Ngunnawal.

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