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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1851 ..

We are planning to go out for consultation with the community on the future of the trees there, and how we might be able to manage the problem. We have undertaken significant work in the last financial year with the placement of permeable surfaces around the trees to allow for some of the root growth. But, obviously, it has not provided a longer term solution, so we want to talk to the community about what that might look like, particularly in the area near the Woolworths entrance.

MS CLAY: How are constituents kept informed of the progress on their concerns once they have reported a safety issue in their neighbourhood, like an unsafe footpath?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. In this particular circumstance City Services will develop options and engagement process with the local community and business owners and then we will engage with them through a variety of ways. We will be doing that through the Charnwood resident associations, we will put out information to the community on posters and the new billboard that we constructed there relatively to provide details about how they can have their say on this issue and how we can make sure we have safe access to this very busy local shopping precinct.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why did it take WIN News for you to visit Charnwood, rather than before when I and other constituents have raised this issue with you? Can you not think or act for yourself?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question, but I reject the premise of her question and her political rhetoric. I have been to Charnwood on a number of could occasions; this is the most recent occasion. TCCS has been quite responsive to many of the issues there and that has resulted, over the last few years, in tree removal to rectify some of the issues and in the planting of trees which are less likely to have the same problems with roots disturbing the pavement there at Charnwood.

Work has been undertaken over a period of time. However, it is obvious now that that work will not resolve the long-term issues and so we need to have a broader conversation with the community. We will have that conversation with the community once some options have been developed about how we can manage this issue in the longer term. That is the approach that we are taking—not playing politics, like Mrs Kikkert.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I give Mr Pettersson the call I remind members that all questions should be asked according to the standing orders and with a level of respect, even those that are jumped from the floor at an impromptu moment.


MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please outline how the first loans from the Sustainable Household Scheme will be administered to Canberra households looking to benefit from rooftop solar panels, household battery storage and other sustainable investments?

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