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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 965 ..


tenants dealing with complex issues to provide a holistic and people centred process to the issues they might be dealing with. Specific tools are provided under the Residential Tenancies Act to support the management of properties, including notices to remedy, and they are used as one tool with the support of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, where appropriate. There are certainly a range of strategies that are put in place to support tenants.

Gungahlin—community and recreation needs

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, in January this year the government launched another study to probe Gungahlin’s community and recreation needs. SGS Economics and Planning will do a desktop audit of existing and proposed facilities in Gungahlin and bordering suburbs as well as a community engagement program and gap analysis. Meanwhile the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is developing a new benchmark tool to measure facility demand, and other agencies will also be conducting investigations. How many more reports does this government need before sports facilities are actually built?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, are you taking the question?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, that is a question for EPSDD and the work that they have been doing on looking at facilities right across the territory—particularly as we look at greenfield sites, to ensure that we can provide a good mix of sporting facilities, community facility zones and residential.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why was the benchmark tool not developed years ago as part of other feasibility studies?

MR GENTLEMAN: Benchmark tools are used frequently to deliver certain aspects of planning across the ACT, and new tools can be devised to provide the necessary outcomes that we are looking for into the future. That is why we develop new tools. Of course, IT brings us the opportunity to develop those tools and use them for the benefit of the community.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will this benchmark tool delay the study that was commissioned in January?

MR GENTLEMAN: I certainly hope not. I would hope that the IT that we use gives us the opportunity to do studies quicker. It will depend on the input from the ACT community and the work that the directorate does.

Casey—community recreation park

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. In 2012 the government made an election promise to build the Casey community recreation park. Casey was developed with a planned community recreation park, but the promised park has not been built. The space allocated for the park remains vacant and the DA has expired. Minister, why has the park, promised in 2012, not been built?


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