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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2054 ..


quality, which is being addressed through a range of other measures. Whether that will be a success or not is yet to be determined. This is about the amenities around the lake, not about water quality. I will be more than happy to come back and talk about water quality another time or more than once.

Lake Tuggeranong could certainly do with a bit of love and attention. I took heart recently from a motion moved by my Greens colleague Mr Braddock about Yerrabi Pond. I was heartened by the tripartisan support for that motion, with everyone agreeing that Yerrabi Pond could do with some upgrades. That was great to see.

I took inspiration from that and I thought, “Why don’t I ask for pretty much exactly the same thing for Lake Tuggeranong?” That was the genesis of this motion. They do say, Mr Braddock, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; I am more than happy to acknowledge that what I am asking for here today is pretty much—

Mr Braddock: Point of order. I do not mean to interrupt, but it was actually Michael Pettersson’s bill.

MS LAWDER: Was it? You must have had a different Yerrabi one.

Mr Braddock: I did.

MS LAWDER: Sorry. Let me make that clearer: it was Mr Pettersson’s motion about Yerrabi. Well done to Mr Pettersson and the other members who supported it. I am very sorry that I got that wrong. Thank you, Mr Pettersson. I am more than happy to make that acknowledgement. It was passed with support from all parties. I thank Mr Braddock for clarifying that.

I have visited both Yerrabi Pond and Lake Tuggeranong recently. I have done a little list of the amenities and facilities in both locations—the number of bins, tables and chairs, shade sails, dog poo bag dispensers, nature play areas, playgrounds, other recreational facilities, lighting and toilets. The list goes on and on. I did a bit of a numerical comparison between the two locations.

Apart from the number of facilities in each of those categories, many people I have spoken to feel that Yerrabi Pond looks a little better cared for than Lake Tuggeranong. That is one of the first things I would like to say: a bit of love and attention would go a long way around Lake Tuggeranong.

For many residents in the Tuggeranong area, the lake is a place they go to relax and unwind. They can enjoy the natural facilities and they can enjoy some of the built facilities—for example, the playgrounds and the learn-to-ride park. There is a skate park near Lake Tuggeranong as well. Many local parents have children’s birthday parties down there. The learn-to-ride park is a very popular place.

For years now we have had some issues with water quality. I am not going to go into water quality now because that is going to take some time and effort—and probably money—to fix. But there are things we can do now to improve the facilities around Tuggeranong for local residents.


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