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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 30 October 2014) . . Page.. 3823 ..

Thursday, 30 October 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 63 residents:


To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly. This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the need for a footpath of Tarraleah Crescent near the Lyons Early Childhood Centre. Pedestrians are currently forced to walk on the road and face considerable safety risks while accessing the school and a footpath will minimise this risk.

Petitioners therefore request the Assembly to provide a footpath along Tarraleah Crescent, Lyons.

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: This morning I will speak briefly to address the serious nature of safety concerns for many residents of Lyons, as well as families of those children who attend the Lyons Early Childhood School on Tarraleah Crescent and use Tarraleah Crescent as the pick-up and drop-off point for their children attending school in the early childhood centre.

Currently, there is only one section of footpath on Tarraleah Crescent and this covers only the immediate area in front of the school. However, during school pick-up and drop-off times parents and carers quite regularly must park up the road further on the hill on Tarraleah Crescent and walk down the road to access the school. There is no pedestrian crossing on Tarraleah Crescent. A mother with a pram might have to walk around a row of parked cars and down the middle of the road. This is made all the more dangerous while there is traffic coming from both directions at busy times of the day.

The lack of a footpath is also a safety risk for the many residents who live in the culs-de-sac that branches off Tarraleah Crescent, as well as the street itself, who would regularly walk down this road to access the Lyons shops or the bus.

It has been a real safety concern for the school community for quite some time and now the principal of the early childhood school, as well as the Woden Community Service director, have provided letters in support of the petition, which I would like to table as well. I seek leave to table the letters.

Leave granted.

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