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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3291 ..


Many residents have come to me about mowing in Ginninderra—the need for mowing and more constant supervision of the parks and green areas in Ginninderra. People who are near or amongst the grassy areas are very concerned for their personal safety from snakes and other hazards.

It was good to attend the Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence in the ACT recently. As shadow minister for planning, it was good to see a lot of innovation and celebration as Canberra looks to see what the future of urban planning looks like, with a particular interest, of course, in Ginninderra and the broader Canberra community.

Later this week I will be with my colleague, the shadow minister for the environment, Ms Castley, to do a tour of the Lawson grasslands, to have an inspection of this wonderful precinct and to consider the plans that seem to be ahead for it. I very much look forward in the next few weeks to filling my calendar with meetings with community organisations and residents. Again, I state that my priority as a member of this place is to look after the interests of my local electorate, Ginninderra. I look forward to my shadow responsibilities and my support for the Canberra Liberals and how I can benefit my electorate in that way, as well.

Lake Tuggeranong—community feedback

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (5.21): Madam Speaker, it is a little over a year since I had the humbling privilege of being elected to this place. As you would know as a longstanding member for Brindabella, ours is a community that has historically felt a little bit left behind, like it was not getting a fair shake of the sauce bottle. So you can only imagine my excitement, when reading the 2021-22 ACT budget, to see all of the new, exciting investments that are being made in our community, be it the dog park in Lanyon; upgrades to the playgrounds in Chisholm and Gordon; upgrades to the shops at Monash, Lanyon and Calwell; or the $2 million for the Tuggeranong Arts Centre. The one that got me particularly excited was the $4.5 million for a complete revitalisation of the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore. You might have heard that the government has that planned.

I was really excited to see that, after being down on the lake’s foreshore in March with the minister for water, Mr Rattenbury, announcing the launch of the floating wetlands project. As you would know, the community in Tuggeranong has for a long time been very concerned about the water quality in Lake Tuggeranong, and the floating wetlands have proven a very welcome addition. Their purpose, of course, is to collect run-off and sediment that flows in through the stormwater drains into Lake Tuggeranong—to collect that run-off and sediment so that it does not become blue-green algal blooms.

Of course, there is an ongoing challenge about how we utilise all of the space around the lake’s foreshore, particularly since in recent times we have welcomed hundreds, if not thousands, of new residents to the Greenway foreshore in developments along areas like Cynthea Teague Circuit, Mortimer Lewis Drive and the like. I am particularly excited, as I know you are, Madam Speaker, to have launched a survey to


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