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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1467 ..

like you. Just this afternoon, Chief Minister, I received an email from a Tharwa resident from which I quote:

Dear Steve,

The Tharwa Tennis Club is looking like having to fold up because of burgeoning costs. For instance they are charged $75 per quarter from ACTEW for the lights plus land rent, $200 per annum, and public risk insurance about $700 per year … Just too much for a small club to have to wear considering only a few years ago the club was just charged a peppercorn rent. If the club folds as it has no other option, the risk is there that we will lose the courts given the record of stupidity that Tharwa has had to endure.

Just another nail in the coffin of Tharwa.

This government has quite a history of neglect of this small community, a community that has had its very soul almost destroyed through the local school closures. Its residents were treated with utter contempt by the then minister in charge of the Tharwa bridge fiasco. And now it looks as though they might even lose their small tennis club due to the record of stupidity that Tharwa has had to endure from this government.

It is time for the government to open their eyes to the deterioration of our city and its suburban areas, adhere to timetables and address the issues that are out there. The constant response from Mr Stanhope, as it was from his predecessor, is, “There is a program in place.” The trouble is that we never seem to get to some of the smaller suburbs that just keep getting pushed further and further to the end of this queue. They never seem to get near the attention from this government. The list of things that need doing for them just grows and grows.

Mr Stanhope: Didn’t you write that yourself, Steve?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot has the call.

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Stanhope, anything that you do not write or say appears to be stupid. I cannot take it as anything other than a recommendation from you. As Mr Seselja has outlined, there is a litany of waste that can be attributed to your government, Mr Stanhope. There is room to efficiently manage funds within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services that would allow for the department to undertake adequate maintenance of public areas, including local shops around Canberra on a yearly basis. The electorate would welcome this move. Mr Speaker, I commend Mr Seselja’s motion.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (8.56): I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I was on my feet and I had your eye.

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