Page 4168 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022
One last bit of work in this area that I am quite proud of is the motion I recently moved to develop a menstruation and menopause policy here in the ACT for our public service. The motion, which passed this place, calls on the government to work with stakeholders in developing a policy which helps employees meet their work commitments as they manage menopause and menstruation, and in developing an education awareness campaign to reduce reproductive health stigma in the workplace and support the ACT’s public service Menstruation and Menopause Policy.
Importantly, it also requires the ACT government to report on how menstruation and menopause leave could be implemented within the ACT public service. This is fundamental to preparing any potential opportunity for bargaining to implement a leave of this type. As I noted, during my speech about that motion, it is a big step forward and it is something that I think we see more and more calls for.
I am happy to say there has also been lots of work going on in other areas of interest and around my electorate. More locally, I am glad to see construction is about to start on the Giralang shops. During the Giralang Shops Committee hearing, I asked Mr Nikias when he was going to give someone else a go. While he declined to comment at the time, he has now confirmed the sale of the shops to TP Dynamic. I have met with TP Dynamics and am encouraged by their enthusiasm to get this development done. A crane has been installed at the site and construction will commence shortly.
I am pleased to say that the government has secured a commitment from TP Dynamics to deliver all the community improvements committed by the previous developer, including reconfiguration of the school car park; contributions to the community park, foot and bike paths in the precinct; and a few other bits and pieces too. As a Giralanger, of long term, and someone whose mum is very passionate about this cause, if not all of Giralang, I think it is great, and everyone would agree, to see that this is finally progressing.
I would also like to discuss some other positive local achievements, such as the resounding community engagement with the multiple grassland clean-ups and tree planting days that we have had. I had the pleasure of organising these events, in collaboration with Friends of Grasslands and other groups and people in the area. It has been fantastic to see such strong turnouts on every occasion despite what could only be described as some shocking weather.
Speaking of tree planting, this September I am very happy to announce that an additional 32 crepe myrtle trees will be planted in the median strip along Mabo Boulevard, between Mobourne and Roy Marika Streets. Bonner residents have been quite clear about their need for more greenery in their area. I was very pleased to see the planting of the initial suite of trees. I was able to provide a choice of the species through a survey to local residents. I look forward to seeing the rest of the trees planted.
Additionally, after a very comprehensive consultation process, which included a survey of residents and a subsequent brief to the Minister of Transport and City Services, a draft design plan and landscape drawings for the future Casey Community Recreation Park has been released. Feedback on this design was open to the