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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3821..


Thursday, 23 November 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Schools—closures

By Ms Porter, from 283 residents:

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

This petition draws to the attention of the Assembly that the department of Education and Training is intending to close GIRALANG PRIMARY at the end of 2006.

Your constituents therefore request that the Assembly, as urgent priority, review the decision to close the school due to the overwhelming concern about the detrimental educational, social and health effects this closure will have on the children and the community of Giralang.

I am:

a parent/relative/friend of a child at Giralang primary

a parent/relative friend of a child at Giralang preschool

a resident of Giralang

associated with Belnorth Junior Soccer Club

an ACT resident (outside Giralang) who strongly objects school closures

( P More than one if applicable)

I am concerned the closure of Giralang schools may also have detrimental effects on:

Schools in neighbouring suburbs (e.g. overcrowded classrooms and increased traffic).

Parents' choices of smaller schools for their children.

The Giralang suburb as a whole (e.g. reduced amenities decreasing house values, maintenance of sports fields and wetlands).

The possible relocation of the local doctor's surgery.

The prospects of future viable shops in Giralang.

Name:


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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.