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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 801 ..


Planning—Chisholm—petition 10-21

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (10.06): I thank all 1,043 constituents in Brindabella for signing the petition calling on the government to recognise the importance of the Chisholm shopping centre and continued community concern over the proposed development.

When I gave my inaugural speech only six months ago, fellow members chuckled when I dared to suggest the establishment of a Brindabella caucus. I said what a great opportunity it would be for all members of Brindabella to collaborate with one another to work on issues of shared concern for our constituency.

I am really excited that six months later three members from three different political parties joined together on the exact same campaign to sponsor the exact same petition, which more than 1,000 of our shared constituents have now signed. It is a really exciting indication to our community of how this Assembly can work at its best. It has been a really great way to highlight to our Chisholm community how its elected members can work together on a shared issue of concern.

Madam Speaker, I look forward to continuing to work with you and Mr Parton as we continue to bring the voices of the people of Chisholm into this Assembly. I call on the developers to earnestly and most sincerely engage with that community in the future development of their local shopping centre. They owe them nothing less.

Yerrabi electorate—Yerrabi Pond—petition 5-21

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (10.08): I would like to take a minute to talk on the Yerrabi petition. I thank Mr Pettersson for bringing it forward to the Assembly, and I note the motion that we will discuss on Friday this week.

The number of signatures on the submission and the hard copy submission indicate the importance of Yerrabi Pond to the Gungahlin community. It is a very much loved facility. They wish to see more investment in that space so they can continue to enjoy it.

I draw attention to the fact that there are already a number of people who use kayaks, sailboats and so forth on Yerrabi Pond. We need to look at how Yerrabi Pond is used and whether we ensure that water quality testing is done.

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (10.08): I rise to endorse the Yerrabi petition and put on the record the Canberra Liberals’ absolute support for the amazing Yerrabi community which has made this happen.

In particular, I want to pay tribute to Yerrabi warrior activist John Beagle, who at 89 may be our oldest Canberran to have organised a petition to this Assembly—one which attracted more than 1,000 signatures—as well as Darron Marks, an active member of the Gungahlin Community Council, who became a bin militant following years of frustration at not being able to get bins for Yerrabi Pond. Not only have


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