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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3569 ..


which are often the hubs of our communities. Over the next four years, we will upgrade 11 local shopping centres, helping to support businesses and creating local jobs in construction. Those shops are Campbell, Narrabundah, Gwydir Square at Kaleen, Duffy, Evatt, Kippax, Macquarie, Monash, Calwell, Lanyon, and Brierley Street at Cooleman Court.

Play spaces are highly valued across Canberra. Our government is investing to make sure that these are even better by providing new and upgraded play equipment and opportunities for children in our local communities, with facilities for visitors of all ages as well. Over the coming four years, we will deliver new or upgraded playgrounds in Kaleen, Ngunnawal, Chisholm, Gordon, Lyons and Aranda. This is based on direct feedback from the community and condition audits that have been undertaken, as well as the play spaces forum that Ms Lawder mentioned, which happened as part of the better suburbs initiative.

Let us not forget our four-legged friends. Dogs will benefit from new play opportunities through the delivery of two new dog parks, in Franklin and Lanyon, as well as upgrades to the existing dog parks in Casey and O’Connor. And that is not all. We are building two new public toilets, 10 new drinking fountains, and new stormwater infrastructure in Mawson, Civic and Narrabundah to help reduce the risk of flooding.

Every single one of these suburban infrastructure projects meets the commitments we made during the 2020 election. I present the following paper:

Better Suburbs—Progress Update 2021-22.

This document provides a full update on everything we have been doing, particularly in response to the recommendations and feedback provided by the community in the Better Suburbs initiative, demonstrating that we have, in fact—contrary to what Ms Lawder was saying—directly responded to the issues raised by the community through that. We have now done several updates on that, and I am very pleased to do that in each budget to make sure that we continue to deliver better suburbs in Canberra.

We are also doing plenty of early works now to plan for the future of our city. This includes funding for the feasibility and design of a new home for the RSPCA, providing a dedicated facility to improve animal welfare outcomes in our city.

We are progressing with design for the first stage of southern memorial park—a new cemetery on Canberra’s south side that will service community need for the next 100 years. This project shows real progress is being made regarding that detailed design; this is what we need to do in order to get construction started. We have undertaken extensive community consultation on that project, and that was really worthwhile to inform the first stage of that project.

We are now planning for a new FOGO collection service for every Canberra household, which will help to cut the amount of waste going to landfill, where it turns into methane gas, which is a very potent greenhouse gas. This will help to reduce our


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