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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2058 ..

rowing club, which our government invested over $200,000 to upgrade and which has supported more people to use the lake for recreation.

The upgrades to the laneways and the rowing club followed the upgrades to the Tuggeranong town centre, with the upgrades of Anketell Street completed in 2017, with urban realm improvements on the street and an entry to the laneways area with new pavers and tree replacements. It really is coming along. That project has been denigrated by those in the opposition; but, combined with the laneways project, it has made it a real difference to Tuggeranong. It has made it a really fantastic town centre to visit and dine in.

The stage 2 upgrade completed in 2019 reconfigured the carriageway to create a slow traffic and pedestrian-friendly environment with a raised pedestrian zone, off-road cycle lane and pavement improvements. It created more opportunities for outdoor dining as well as better access for pedestrians and more trees.

More recently, construction commenced on the Tuggeranong pathways project to improve existing paths and connectivity in the Tuggeranong town centre, which is based on the lake. These improvements will be undertaken along Reed Street North, Reed Street South and Soward Way, including a new protected cycle lane, pedestrian refuges, prioritised pedestrian crossings and general kerb and pavement improvements.

On the other side of the lake, as I mentioned, a new toilet recently has been constructed in the Lake Tuggeranong District Park adjacent to the learn-to-ride facility and nearby barbecue facilities and within walking distance of the Greenway enclosed dog park.

We have upgraded the dog park, with the installation of new irrigation to address dust and surface issues, as well as the planting of more shade trees to improve amenity for dog owners and their pets. I have been down there many times with my dog. Over time, they do tend to kick up dust and prevent grass growth. We are hoping that the rehabilitation of this important recreational space will be much valued by pet owners once those works have been completed.

These staged improvements confirm the government’s continued investment in revitalising the Tuggeranong town centre and the Tuggeranong foreshore. When it comes to investing in Tuggeranong, ACT Labor has detailed plans that we committed to at the election, and we are getting on and delivering on those promises.

In delivering all these upgrades for the Tuggeranong community, the ACT government recognises that involving the community and seeking their input into improvements and upgrades around Canberra ensures the best outcome for those who most often use these areas. This has been evident in the recent improvements completed in the Tuggeranong town centre. Whether it is the Anketell Street upgrades or the laneways upgrades, extensive consultation was undertaken with the local community, including the Tuggeranong Community Council. The outcome has been a really fantastic newly upgraded space that is being enjoyed by many people in our community.

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