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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1850 ..


MR HANSON: Minister, who will be conducting the review into ChooseCBR and when will it be completed?

MS CHEYNE: Who has not yet been determined. We will work through that. But, as per my amendment to the motion, which should be circulated in my name, the intention is that the review will be completed and publicly released by the last sitting day of this year.

DR PATERSON: Minister, could you please outline what will be included in the review?

MS CHEYNE: The review will be independent and it will be comprehensive. It will include a review of the program’s design, including technical issues that we encountered in implementation. It will include the spread of activity of businesses and consumers. It will include an evaluation of the stimulus impact, to determine if something similar would be—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: I would not respond to interjections, Ms Cheyne.

MS CHEYNE: I do not plan to—would be appropriate in the event of a further economic downturn, and any other relevant matter.

Municipal services—Charnwood shops

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I was glad inform hear that you and Minister Berry went to Charnwood shops recently and inspected the pavers at the shops, and it is great to hear that the shops will receive some maintenance and upgrades to the unsafe footpath. When will these upgrades be completed?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I acknowledge that I have been to Charnwood a couple of times recently, mainly to play soccer, but I had the opportunity to go and visit with Minister Berry to look at the shops and some particular issues there that TCCS has been working on for some time. We understand the importance of local shopping centres to the community as important community hubs. We want to make sure that they are accessible and safe for people to use.

The issues that have been caused there have related to the growth of trees As I’ve noted in the Assembly in question time before, tree roots can cause significant damage, and that is the cause of the damage with the pavers, some of which have been marked up in a little bit of guerrilla urbanism to show where some of those defects are. Transport Canberra and City Services is, where possible, repairing those defects. However, the reality is that, without significant tree removal, it is unlikely these issues will be rectified in the medium or long term.


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