Page 4078 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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course, is based around water quality testing results. These tests are undertaken by the ACT Health Protection Service.

Emergency phones are located at Casuarina Sands and the Cotter campground, where mobile phone coverage is poor. There are few lifesaving services, though, and facilities or resources provided at river access points or recreational areas. So visitors are reminded that although your wellbeing is our concern, it is also your own personal responsibility.

There is also a case for those venturing into our national parks over the summer period. Weather conditions can change very quickly so always be prepared, know where you are going, and make sure that your family do too. Personal locator beacons are available for hire at Namadgi Visitor Centre and Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre, and I encourage everyone to take one with them when going out into our parks. Even if you have a mobile phone with you, it cannot be relied on all the time. Batteries can go flat, and mobile reception can be patchy. I also understand that personal locator beacons can be hired at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne for any Canberrans going into Kosciuszko National Park this summer.

So in closing, I encourage all Canberrans and visitors to our region to take care this summer when they are out enjoying our parks, reserves and waterways.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (4.05), in reply: I would like to thank everyone for their contributions today. Mr Milligan’s suggestion of regular updated information as to the state of the waterways is something that is definitely worth considering, and I thank you for that idea. I also appreciate Minister Gentleman’s response on behalf of the government in terms of what they are doing to improve the safety of the ACT’s inland waterways. I think we can be united, as we go into the summer period, particularly as we spend time with loved ones. Over what hopefully will be a hotter summer than the spring was, we will have the opportunity to cool off in an enjoyable and safe manner in our inland waterways. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (4.06): Yes, another year has gone and we are now entering the Christmas break. I would like to say I am very proud of the work I have done representing the people of Yerrabi and bringing their views and concerns to this Assembly and making sure that they are heard. I guess the biggest issue for them has been the lack of general urban maintenance. This has been things such as potholes, long grasses and just a general neglect by this government of some of the basic amenities that indicate a good government.

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