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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 2957 ..

c) Increase the amount of outdoor seating available;

d) Install a pump track on the oval for kids to ride their bikes;

e) Increase frequency and quality of oval maintenance; and

f) Paint the inside of the bus stop with work by a local artist

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Motion to take note of petition

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petition so lodged be noted.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.05): This petition is from residents of the Australian Capital Territory and requests that the Assembly note that the Lyons shopping centre is a well-loved community shopping centre which needs to be upgraded.

The petition requests the Assembly to call on the ACT government to install a playground next to the shops, provide toilet facilities for the shops, increase the amount of outdoor seating available, install a pump track on the oval for children to ride their bikes, increase the frequency and quality of oval maintenance, and paint the inside of the bus stop with work by a local artist.

I welcome commitments that I have seen referenced in the budget papers to add play equipment at the Lyons shops. I would like to put on the record that this is important not only for the residents of Lyons but for the many families who will be moving into tower blocks planned for the Woden town centre.

I thank all members present for no doubt enthusiastically considering this petition. I hope that we can see some rejuvenation, particularly so that children who might be growing up in apartment blocks have access to bike-riding facilities near home and are safe through the underpass from the Woden town centre.

It is also important for the community and business owners who have invested so much time and effort in building themselves up. The greengrocer has spent quite a lot of money rejuvenating the supermarket, and a fantastic family who have recently taken over the cafe are very committed newer Canberrans, and we very much embrace and appreciate what they are doing. We also have a new hairdresser in the block, one who specialises in curly hair, for those who are interested in that—Mr Gentleman in particular, I am sure.

It is important. While territory and municipal services, which Mr Steel looks after, might seem to be not as high level as some of the things we debate here, these things very much impact on people’s everyday lives. Lyons is calling out and crying out for improvement. We look forward to seeing what the government is able to provide.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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