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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2714 ..

Municipal services—playgrounds(Question No 2525)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 17 May 2019:

(1) What is the current status of the Holdens Creek Pond playground process.

(2) Did the Suburban Land Agency include ‘Toilets’ in the Holdens Creek Pond site, which is not a District Park (or higher) in the open space hierarchy; if so, why.

(3) Did the Suburban Land Agency investigate other possible sites in Wright and Coombs for public toilets and basketball courts prior to releasing its proposal for the Holdens Creek Pond site.

(4) Can the Minister advise whether the Coombs Play Space 2018 YourSay Survey related only to playground infrastructure options for the Holdens Creek Pond site, or for playground and public infrastructure priorities more generally.

(5) Did the Suburban Land Agency investigate the Holdens Creek Pond site for suitability for facilities such as toilets and a basketball court prior to the release of the YourSay Survey.

(6) What play space options did the community say they wanted in this survey, ranked in order of popularity.

(7) Can the Minister confirm whether a review of public toilet location options in Coombs and Wright has been commissioned by the Suburban Land Agency; if so, (a) when did the review start, (b) has the review been completed; if not, when is completion expected, (c) will the outcome be made known to the public, (d) will the full report of the Review be released to the community and (e) did the Suburban Land Agency release the Draft Concept Designs for the Coombs Play Space (22 February 2019) before the review of the public toilet location options had been completed; if so, why.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Community engagement on the proposal for Holdens Creek Pond playground (Coombs Play Space) is continuing which will assist in finalising the planning for the site.

(2) Community consultation undertaken in 2018 indicated support for inter-generational play, shade, car parking and toilets facilities. A public toilet ranked highly for inclusion from the YourSay survey and in the Charles Weston School student workshop. However, an independent resident submission opposed the toilet facility suggesting non-compliance with design standards and perceived safety and vandalism concerns.

At this stage the proposal considers the inclusion of the toilet facility, reflecting the broader community feedback. Notwithstanding this type of facility would usually be included in a District Playground setting, the proximity of this site to other open space areas accessed by the public and the community feedback would suggest that there is

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