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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1124 ..


stated commitment to supporting initiatives that bring the generations together, reinforce respect for seniors and reduce social isolation. The government could also fulfil its commitment to support seniors to develop healthy lifestyles by granting the request of these petitioners for outdoor fitness equipment similar to that recently installed in John Knight park.

Local community members have already demonstrated strong initiative in utilising this park in a way that brings all ages together. A community Christmas party was held there in 2016, with more than 100 people in attendance, and another one is planned for this Christmas. In addition, a community barbecue was held in May last year to celebrate the opening of the new playground. A bubbler in the park would help to make future events even more attractive and would encourage more daily use of the facilities as well, especially during hot weather.

In conclusion, I note that in preparing this petition members of the Page community consulted with and sought input from residents in both Knaggs Crescent and Birrell Street. They also received support for their proposals from the general managers and activities coordinators at all three retirement villages. Moreover, they made these suggestions to government representatives in December last year and again in early January this year, but three months later they have received no response.

This petition contains careful, reasonable and well-thought-out proposals. If members of this government are serious about their stated commitment to make Page an age-friendly suburb, they will take note of these proposals and respond in a timely fashion. I commend this petition, with its 157 signatures, to the Assembly.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.09), by leave: Today we have seen presented a petition from 157 residents of Page who have given us a list of three great ideas to make their suburb age friendly. They are three good ideas that will make Page a better place for older people. The question, and what we will wait to hear from the minister, is: when will these works be done?

There is a current website entry for the age-friendly project. For example, in relation to Ainslie and Weston, it says:

In late 2015 a community consultation was held to identify improvements to active travel infrastructure and facilities in Ainslie and Weston to make it easier for older residents to get around.

During the six week consultation period over 220 surveys were completed. Overall, responses were very positive and supportive of the project.

Following the community consultation and site analysis, the construction of priority improvements in Ainslie and Weston has been completed.

That survey was done 2½ years ago, before the last election. How long after asking for a footpath upgrade does it actually take to get a footpath upgrade? The people of Page were surveyed for their views in December 2017 and January 2018, but as yet residents have not even had a report back about the results of that consultation.


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