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resume public liability insurance for the recently closed car park at block 5, section 53 no later than 16 December 2022, allowing for it to be reopened for use until construction commences;

realign the parking configuration of remaining car parks by 31 January 2023 to optimise the number of parking bays; and/or

open a temporary car park to service Kippax as soon as possible.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services.

Belconnen—Margaret Timpson Park—petition 28-22

By Ms Clay, from 268 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

Reason for this Petition

The following residents of the ACT draw the attention of the Assembly to the fact that the population of the Belconnen Town Centre is rapidly increasing, mainly as a result of the large number of high rise apartments that have been built in the last few years (with even more being proposed). The Belconnen Town Plan in 2016 proposed the further development of Margaret Timpson Park through the addition of children’s play equipment and picnic facilities, but nothing has been done, despite the population increase. The old Belconnen Health Centre site has been a hole in the ground since the Centre was demolished a few years ago. Extending Margaret Timpson Park to include this vacant land will provide much needed additional green space for the use of Town Centre residents and the thousands of other Canberrans who visit the Town Centre regularly.

Requested Actions

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to utilise the vacant allotment (the site of the old Belconnen Health Centre) adjacent to Margaret Timpson Park in the Belconnen Town Centre to extend the Park. Belconnen Town Centre is experiencing rapid population growth due to recently built and planned high rise apartment buildings, without any improvement in local infrastructure and suitable green space to accommodate this population increase. The extension of Margaret Timpson Park would be a welcome and simple step in offering something to the community by way of improving local amenity, given the large increase in the number of Canberrans (particularly children) now living within the Belconnen Town Centre area.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

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