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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 November 2021) . . Page.. 3292 ..


ensure that the perspectives of those in our community are accurately reflected in the government’s plans.

It is really important at all times that the Greens pillar of grassroots democracy reinforces everything that I do and everything that my colleagues do in this place. I have tried to be as broad as possible in the development and promotion of this survey so that I can compile a comprehensive report for Minister Steel and his transport and city services department to ensure that that $4.5 million is invested in the best possible way that serves Tuggeranong and Tuggeranites.

The wonderful thing about the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore is that we know it is not utilised by only Tuggeranong residents and fellow Tuggeranites; it is becoming a truly activated space with beautiful green spaces and lots of nature. The learn to ride school next to Mimi’s coffee shop is particularly popular. It is becoming a waterway and a recreational area that is attracting Canberrans from all around the city to come down to Tuggeranong, get a coffee at the Brew Bar or at Jindebah and take in the sites and facilities of the south side.

I encourage all of my constituents to jump onto my website, johnathandavis.com.au, to take that survey so that I can ensure as many constituents’ views are represented in the report that I will compile for the government. I am delighted to tell you, Madam Speaker, that so far we have received more than 250 responses to the survey. What I have been particularly encouraged by is how many of my constituents have taken advantage of the free-form text. Rather than picking one or two things, they have actually been able to provide me with some really detailed, specific examples of where investment can be made.

One such example, and I think it is the best one, is that we hear all the time that we need more bins. What I have learned from one of my constituents is that we do not need more bins around Lake Tuggeranong necessarily; we need better bins. Michael from Greenway sent me some great pictures of where the birds had managed to get into the current bins behind the takeaway shops there. They are actually the main culprits for spilling out all sorts of nonsense around that park area. If we were a bit more creative about what kinds of bins we were procuring and we were making sure that the birds were not getting in, a very simple, modest investment would actually keep that whole place a lot tidier. I encourage Tuggeranites to think creatively about how to activate and improve the space, and to let us make sure that the $4.5 million appropriated in the last budget is spent effectively and efficiently so that we can get the best Lake Tuggeranong foreshore that we deserve.

Municipal services—skate parks

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.26): Madam Speaker, I am once again asking for a moment of your time to talk about community sports facilities. While I have advocated for indoor multi-use sports courts in Woden for almost 10 years, I am also a big fan of outdoor sports, and not just the kind that can be played on a well-lit grassy oval.


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