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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5356 ..


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

A. This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

(1) We the undersigned strongly object to the lack of Heritage protection for Lake Burley Griffin and all its surrounding lakeshore landscapes;

(2) We repudiate as unacceptable the infill of part of West Basin’s lake waters and the appropriation for private development of ACT public parks and open spaces surrounding Lake Burley Griffin, particularly West Basin, for either residential or commercial development;

(3) We reject the Government’s right to proceed any further with these and related proposals.

B Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

(1) Urge and support the Commonwealth Government to completely protect the heritage values of Lake Burley Griffin and all its surrounding Lakeshore Landscapes with:

(a) a National Heritage Listing of Lake Burley Griffin and Lakeshore Landscape in its own right that includes a whole-of-lake management plan; and

(b) an amendment to the National Capital Plan to ensure existing parklands around Lake Burley Griffin including West Basin remain as public open space.

(2) Immediately halt the City to the Lake proposed lake infill and the proposed privately owned development at West Basin.

(3) (a) Undertake an independent review of the ACT development proposal for the entire West Basin to achieve a master plan that protects heritage values, retains and safeguards public parkland and allows for small scale public developments to provide essential services; and

(b) ensure the review follows an effective, efficient and publicly interactive planning process.

Torrens shops playground—petition 31-17

By Mrs Jones, from 713 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

The Torrens community playground, located in Block 16, Section 22, Torrens (next to the Torrens Shops) requires updated play equipment, sun protection and access to be re­established from the Torrens Shops. In early 2017, some of the equipment from the playground, as well as the access from the Torrens Shops to the playground, was removed. There has been limited investment in Torrens community facilities, with the playgrounds in this suburb lagging behind, both in size and quality when compared to other suburbs in Woden and Canberra. All the play spaces across Torrens are limited and outdated.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Upgrade the playground at Block 16, Section 22, Torrens (next to the Torrens Shops) by allocating additional funding for new play equipment, shade, and re-establishing appropriate access between the Torrens Shops at Torrens Place and the playground.


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