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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1527 ..

(3) Yes. The property damage was considered substantial and provided sufficient grounds for removing two street trees within close proximity to each other.

(4) The ACT Government agreed to remove the two trees due to obvious and substantial property damage within the lease boundary of 36 Slessor Crescent, McKellar.

(5) No.

Municipal services—footpaths(Question No 165)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

(1) In relation to a footpath being built on Blackman Crescent, Macquarie, on which side of Blackman Crescent will the footpath be built on the side closest to (a) Catchpole Street (b) Lachlan Street.

(2) Will there be any footpath construction on the Blackman Crescent playground block or adjacent to the road surrounding the Blackman Crescent playground block.

(3) What action will the Government take with the resident to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome in cases where the footpath must cut through obviously cared for gardens.

(4) Does the Government, as a matter of course, offer compensation to residents if a footpath must cut through an obviously cared for part of their property.

(5) Has the Government ever offered or agreed upon compensation to a resident if a footpath needs to cut through an obviously cared for part of their property.

(6) Was there a possible discrepancy between the answer received to question on notice No 73 submitted to Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services during the February-March 2021 estimates hearings and the Freedom of Information Request – Reference 21-008, that lists the construction of a Blackman Crescent Footpath as relatively high.

(7) Is it the case that individual community paths are not necessarily funded, but rather that community paths are funded as a whole.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A community request was received for a new path to be constructed along Blackman Crescent, Macquarie. This footpath request has been assessed and ranked through the warrant system. A safe path alignment was identified as viable through the assessment for the north-eastern side of Blackman Crescent. As such, the proposed path along Blackman Crescent has been placed on the community path priority list.

More detailed investigations would be required to determine if the path construction works are feasible (i.e. considering site specific constraints not assessed through the warrant ranking assessment). Community consultation would be undertaken before any design or construction works are commenced.

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