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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1136 ..


Motion to take note of petition

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petition so lodged be noted.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.03): It is a great pleasure to rise on this issue again. I rose at the start of the week and here I am at the end of the week. I want to particularly acknowledge that we are joined by Mr John and Kay Beagle, the chief petitioners, as well as Mr Darron Marks. Those that have been out and about in Gungahlin in recent times would have seen them working tirelessly to gather more signatures for this petition. And gather signatures they did. With 601 online and 508 on hard copy, that is 1,109 signatures, a very impressive number.

I do not want to speak too long because I know that we have the Yerrabi Pond motion ahead of us, but I do want to put the log of claims that the Friends of Yerrabi Pond have developed on the public record. They seek to replace the existing toilets with new toilets at a play area on the Amaroo side of the pond; to have shared path signs indicating pedestrians have right of way; more bins, especially on the Amaroo side; to extend lighting to cover all of the pathways around the pond; to provide more parking to service the businesses; and more seats, especially on the Amaroo side.

There are calls for dog waste bags and appropriate signage; to resurface the footpath bridges; improve water quality; control weeds and other growth close to the pond; arrange regular maintenance and clean-up around the businesses; service and repair stormwater entry areas to the pond; repair damaged and hazardous rubber surfaces in the play areas; provide clear centre strips on paths; prepare a master plan for the rehabilitation and provision for new facilities, like a small arboretum or gardens, maybe storage facilities for kayaks; and a covered and powered stage area for events.

There are calls to provide facilities for food vendors or coffee vans; to provide new comprehensive signage giving details of the pond and its facilities, as well as information on flora and fauna; to remove excess weeds in the pond; repair paths, especially on the western side; provide space for community gardens; and to make sure that the pond is a wonderful place for future generations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Yerrabi electorate—Yerrabi Pond

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of Yerrabi Pond as the primary recreation area for the growing Gungahlin community since opening in 1999; and


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