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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1372 ..


for delivery vehicles such as those delivering essential supplies and services to suburban shopping centres. In one instance the driver of an Australia Post van was fined $276 because of an unavoidable need to park his vehicle in a no-stopping zone at Chisholm shopping centre to deliver essential mail and parcels. This is a ridiculous situation. We are aware of a similar issue at Florey shops where you have agreed to undertake a seven-day survey to identify delivery vehicle movements. Minister, will you commit to completing a seven-day traffic survey to identify delivery vehicle movements at Chisholm shops as well?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. We certainly understand the importance of having a range of different vehicle parking spaces to meet the needs of customers at the shops as well as business owners, their employees and also those businesses that serve the commercial premises at each local shopping centre. We are always happy to receive feedback in relation to that. I personally met with Australia Post as well and those issues are raised from time to time. We are happy to consider them in relation to parking arrangements. I am also happy to consider what is happening at that particular shopping centre.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will you commit to creating a designated loading zone at Chisholm shopping centre as a matter of urgency?

MR STEEL: When we look at changing parking arrangements an assessment is undertaken on the range of existing parking at the shops and what loading zones are already available in what locations around the shops. We can have a look at that in relation to that shopping centre, but I am not going to commit to a particular parking outcome now without that assessment having first taken place.

MR PARTON: Minister, what is your policy in regard to waiving the obligation to pay parking fines that have been given in this sort of circumstance?

MR STEEL: Certainly if someone has concerns over a parking fine they are welcome to raise those. But people need to comply with the road rules and they need to comply with parking policy and parking law.

Mr Parton: And to deliver the mail!

MR STEEL: We need to make sure that is the case, because Ms Lawder has just raised an issue of noncompliance with parking in a different location. So we need a consistent approach across the ACT when it comes to parking enforcement. I am happy to consider changes to make it more flexible for vehicles to park at a particular shopping centre, as Ms Castley has raised, but we need to make sure that in relation to enforcement people are doing the right thing and obeying the law.

Municipal services—tree removal

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. I am aware of a Ginninderra resident whose driveway and retaining wall has had thousands of dollars of damage done to it by a protected tree. They have petitioned the government to have the tree removed. They would be happy to have the tree replaced


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