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on 1 March to decline my request for a meeting. As they were the two agencies employing staff involved, it was appropriate for me to seek that meeting at that time.
Municipal services—play spaces
MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, in July 2012 the Labor Party and the Liberal Party committed to protecting Chisholm park from development. Ten years later, almost to the day, I visited my constituents who have not seen any change to the park in that time—no improvements to the playground, no tree planting, and damage to the bus stop. I posted on social media asking for feedback about how people would like to see the park developed. I was advised by a constituent a week later that TCCS were at the park, planting new trees and repairing the slippery dip. My question is: what processes for planning and implementation of these upgrades was undertaken by TCCS and how was the community consulted?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I am happy to take that on notice and provide some more information from Transport Canberra and City Services about the process that led them to undertake those works that you have noted.
MR DAVIS: Minister, how can my constituents engage with you and the government more broadly to suggest local playgrounds and play spaces that they would like to see upgraded in future budgets?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. The playgrounds that we are upgrading at the moment were informed by a citizens deliberative democracy process for the play spaces forum several years ago, as part of the Better Suburbs program. We are getting work underway on some of those projects. That does include a particular play space which will be upgraded in Chisholm. We are upgrading the Chisholm Oval playground, in Alston Street. That was informed by further consultation with the community about the locations and undertaking site analysis by Transport Canberra and City Services. That particular location was preferred because it is central within the Chisholm suburb and, because of its proximity to the oval, it offers an opportunity to extend play and recreational opportunities close by, and there are also its connections to the local path network.
Transport Canberra and City Services undertake a range of safety audits on play spaces at regular intervals to inform works that needs to occur at existing play spaces, to make sure that they remain usable and safe for children. Under the play spaces strategy, we have also indicated that we will be putting in place a new technical tool, called a play value index, which will complement the safety audits and feedback from the community to assess what opportunities there are to extend the play value in certain locations across Canberra, which will inform decision-making about investment in new and upgraded play spaces in the future.
MS LAWDER: Minister, how many submissions from members of the public did you receive regarding this play space in Chisholm?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I am happy to take that on notice.