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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3606 ..


MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I will have to take that question on notice. It may be that it was previously considered that those tests themselves did not meet the requirement of the national partnership agreement, so it may be that we have not actually been seeking funding from the commonwealth for those. We now have that clarification from Minister Hunt. I would say that there is nothing specific in the national partnership agreement that goes to this level of detail. There was a change of tune by Mr Hunt yesterday. In the morning he was saying, “This requirement doesn’t meet the principles set out by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; shouldn’t be required, shouldn’t be done”—

Mrs Jones: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?

Mrs Jones: The question was purely about the 50 per cent refund from the federal government. The minister does not know the answer to that question. If she cannot be relevant, she should sit down.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. The minister has 56 seconds to continue, should she want to. Thank you.

Municipal services—Yerrabi Pond and Lake Tuggeranong

MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I welcome the investment in the Yerrabi Pond surrounds and was delighted to see the map of proposed feasibility and design studies for further works. I just noted, with the path lighting, that it only extended part-way around the pond. What is the plan there for that lighting?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. I am also very pleased that we are getting on with what we said we would do at the election—to upgrade Yerrabi Pond. That is what trust is all about. We have got work underway on $300,000 worth of upgrades to the Yerrabi Pond and in the budget we also announced $600,000 in feasibility studies to deliver on the community’s priorities following extensive consultation that we have undertaken with them that has identified lighting around the pond as being a priority. We will be undertaking that work over the next year.

We have released a program map. It is indicative at this stage and is subject to the feasibility study. We are looking forward to seeing the results of that feasibility study to inform exactly where the lighting should be provided. We are aware that some parts of Yerrabi Pond do not have as great electricity connections, so we are going to explore, as part of this process, whether we can use technology like solar lights in those particular locations.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Braddock.

MR BRADDOCK: Thank you, Minister. Is it possible that the feasibility study can look at extending lighting all the way around the pond so users can engage in a loop around the pond at all times?


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