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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 798 ..


Correction to the record

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (10.04), by leave: On 31 March 2021, during a debate on veterans mental health, I incorrectly described Minister Davidson as a veteran. It was a genuine mistake, and I unreservedly apologise.

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.04), by leave: I thank Ms Cheyne for correcting the record. I have always been very clear that my time as a public servant at Navy is not the same as being a veteran. I thank Ms Cheyne for her ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health, wellbeing and human rights of people in the ACT, including our veterans community.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Yerrabi electorate—Yerrabi Pond—petition 5-21

By Mr Pettersson, from 601 residents:

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

Yerrabi Pond is the only major public recreation area in Gungahlin and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Unlike Lake Burley Griffin, and Lake Ginninderra, which are well maintained and improved on a continuing basis, Yerrabi Pond has languished.

Minister Gentleman in a letter of 16th December 2020 mentions “the ever increasingly popular Yerrabi Ponds area”. Then goes on to say “There are no plans to install more toilet facilities at Yerrabi Ponds in the near future”.

Yerrabi Pond was established in 1999. Since then there has been an explosive growth in local population. What might have been a reasonable facility 22 years ago is now neglected and inadequate.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to Call upon the Government to:

(1) aid and support the establishment of “The Friends of Yerrabi Pond association”, to highlight the need for upgrading the area;

(2) provide more toilet and hand washing facilities;

(3) provide signage particularly on shared pathways concerning rights of pedestrians and instructions re: dogs and their droppings;


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