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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 15 May 2014) . . Page.. 1537 ..

Thursday, 15 May 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mrs Jones, from 209 residents:

Waramanga shops—postbox

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly

Move the Post Box at Waramanga Shops

This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory calls on the Legislative Assembly to have the Post Box at Waramanga shops moved from its recently repositioned location near the phone box, back to the Newsagent on the lower, car park level on the main strip of shops, closer to where it was before the shops were upgraded.

Petitioners therefore request the Assembly to move the Post Box back to the area it was in before the shops upgrade.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

MRS JONES (Molonglo), by leave: I rise to speak in support of this petition regarding the current location of the Australia Post postbox at Waramanga shops. The petition has been signed by 209 local residents who would like the location of the postbox to be reassessed. Residents of Waramanga have raised with me over and over their concerns regarding the placement of the postbox after recent upgrades of the shopping precinct.

I remember doorknocking Waramanga in the 2010 federal campaign and local residents commenting to me that consultation for the upgrade had been undertaken some seven or eight years prior, and they were somewhat frustrated that the upgrade had not yet occurred. So when the upgrade of these popular local shops was finally undertaken in February 2013, locals were indeed happy, and largely they still are, so it is not all doom and gloom.

However, during the upgrade the postbox was repositioned from a spot close to the newsagency to the far end of the shops at the bottom of the ramp which assists those with mobility issues to access the shops from the car park. However, in moving the box, it has been moved further away from the newsagency and the Australia Post service that they provide.

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