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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2769 ..


Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair 

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.02): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services relating to some referred petitions.

Two petitions concerning Chisholm Village were received by the Assembly on 20 April 2021 and referred to our committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 10-21 and 11-21, 1,364 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to recognise and understand continued community concerns surrounding the proposed development at Chisholm Village by Ganellen.

The committee notes that, in his response to the petitions, the Minister for Planning and Land Management said:

Many community members have expressed their views to the government about the proposed development for the Chisholm shops. In considering matters including feedback received, I have declined the developer’s request for direct sale of a parcel necessary for the proposed development.

In light of the minister’s commitment, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petitions 10-21 and 11-21.

Petition 14-21 concerned Yerrabi Pond and was received by the Assembly on 23 April 2021 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 14-21, 508 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to support the establishment of the “Friends of Yerrabi Pond”; provide more toilet and hand-washing facilities, including at the western children’s playground; improve signage on shared pathways; and upgrade areas overgrown by weeds and bushes.

The committee notes that, in his response to the petition, the Minister for Transport and City Services said:

… Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) recently sought community feedback on how people use the Yerrabi Pond recreation areas and suggested improvements. Feedback, including the matters raised in the petitions, will be used to inform relative priorities and future improvements at the Yerrabi Pond recreation area.

Noting the request for support to establish a friends of Yerrabi Pond group, TCCS staff have met with petitioners and other community members to discuss the process for establishing this and the roles and responsibilities of volunteers.

The committee notes that funding was provided to enable implementation of on-ground improvements at Yerrabi Pond. Given the minister’s commitments and the budget allocation, the committee will not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 14-21.


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