Page 720 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (11.31): I wish to briefly respond to Ms Berry’s statement with regard to the Florey dryland oval consultation and the work currently being done on the Holt dryland oval.

I welcome the government’s close consultation with Florey Primary and the surrounding community. Giving children an appropriate opportunity to participate in a political process is a valuable experience for them. Being very familiar with the boundless limits of a child’s imagination, I am keen to see their visions and ideas worked into the final design for the Florey Oval.

The wider community should continue to be consulted on the portion of the oval that is not included in the refresh. When the time comes to discuss the future of the rest of the oval, I encourage the government to consider the use of letterbox drops, in addition to the methods that were used for this latest round of consultation.

I wish also to speak on the rehabilitation of the Holt dryland oval, which is being reactivated for practise and competitive play. This is an important work to provide replacement playing fields in the Holt area. The Kippax expansion will be built partially on an existing playing field. So it is essential that replacement ovals are ready to go once that happens.

It is not typical of the government to have replacement infrastructure ready to go ahead of time, but it is welcome. If only they could have had replacement parking at Kippax ready to go before selling off the car park they sold last year, rendering it unusable for Kippax users.

The rehabilitation of the Holt ovals is evidence that the government can think far enough ahead to provide replacements but, for some reason, have chosen not to apply the same forward thinking to parking at Kippax. Perhaps their capacity for forward thinking is limited—very limited. Nevertheless, I warmly welcome the reactivation of the Holt ovals.

The draft version of the Urban Open Space Land Management Plan will have a big impact in the Belconnen region. Belconnen has the largest number of dryland ovals in the territory, and I look forward to scrutinising the plan to ensure that it will lead to the best outcomes for Ginninderra residents.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

High-risk weather season—summary 2022-23

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency


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