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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) . . Page.. 352 ..

We have also seen some enlivening of the area recently by the introduction of a coffee van called Mimi’s Pit Stop. All of these and other initiatives are bringing more and more people to this area. It is between the dog park and the sea scouts hall. So it is an area that more and more people are going to. It has a good car park nearby. This community is saying to the government, “We like this area. It is a great area. It is a useful area. But there are some things that can be done to make it even better.”

One of the important things to note is that it is a small playground. It was, I think, under-utilised until these improvements. I know when I have ridden around the lake, first with my children and now my grandchildren, stopping off at the various playgrounds is a way of encouraging them to keep riding their bikes all the way around. This particular playground has a metal slide. We all know how hot those slides can get. One of the complaints that we hear about this particular playground, especially at this time of year, is that it is almost impossible to use the slide.

I have had some previous correspondence about the possibility of replacing the slide. That has not eventuated. I think a sunshade in this area would fix both the skin damage aspect as well as making that metal slide more useable. It is a really enlivened area, thanks to the coffee cart and the other improvements that are going on.

I would like to thank Vickie from Mimi’s Pit Stop for this petition, together with all the parents, grandparents and people around the area who signed the petition. They are people who care about their area. They are people who enjoy using Lake Tuggeranong. It is a simple request in order to make that area even better. I look forward to the government’s response to this petition.

Future of education

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.22): In February 2017 I made a statement to this Assembly about the future of education conversation. I outlined my intention to engage with a broad spectrum of people in our community, including teachers, students, parents, educators, community organisations and educational leaders to hear their views on the important issues for the future of education in our city.

Today I am telling you a bit about what the government has been told in this big conversation and what happens next. Over the past year I have appreciated getting to know more about the learning and work that occurs in all Canberra schools. The diversity and inclusiveness of the ACT’s education system and the creative and varied thinking of our students and teachers can be seen in every classroom.

I kicked the community conversation off with broad questions about people’s personal experiences, such as: what currently works well, what do we want and expect from our school and early childhood education systems, what do you like best about your school and what might we change? Supported by material on the your say website, and discussion papers and facilitation guides, as well as strong social media and targeted approaches, our community has been telling the government what they think.

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