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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 November 2021) . . Page.. 3898 ..

Lake Tuggeranong—community feedback

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (5.11): I rise today to speak on the ACT government’s upgrades to the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore as part of the current budget and part of ACT Labor’s election commitment. This will see over $4 million spent in renewing and regenerating the foreshore, including Tuggeranong town park.

I recently undertook a survey of local residents across the electorate of Brindabella to seek their input into how we could get this right. Residents paint an optimistic future for our lake, especially as it has become busier since COVID-19.

Residents love using our lake for exercising, walking their dogs, cycling and socialising with friends. They love our skate park and the beautiful green open spaces. Residents want to keep Lake Tuggeranong clean, safe and user-friendly well into the future. Residents want upgrades to include more bins, more opportunity for biodiversity, and better space for us to come together. New playgrounds, toilet upgrades, shared paths and cyclepaths are top priorities for local residents.

While the use of the lake has grown, residents remark that the strong uptake of cycling and skating around the lake has made them think about pedestrian safety. It is important that any of the upgrades that we put in place take into consideration how we can make the lake more accessible, safer and more welcoming for older residents and those with a disability.

I welcome the support from the community for more places to get together and to celebrate all that Lake Tuggeranong has to offer. New cafes, outdoor dining options and more are priorities for our local residents.

Lake Tuggeranong has a bright future, Mr Deputy Speaker; I am sure that all members share that view with me. Residents are very proud of our lake. I have always said that the sun shines brighter down south.

With over 500 responses to the survey to date, I will soon be able to collate these and present the results to Mr Steel for his consideration as we work together and undertake these fantastic upgrades and the renewal of Lake Tuggeranong.

Mr Andrew Prowse—tribute

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (5.13): I rise to pay tribute, together with Ms Lee, to our dear friend Andrew Prowse, affectionately known to many of us as Andy.

Andy Prowse was born in Tamworth on 30 April 1987. His entry into the world was not a smooth one: two months in hospital following surgery to remove a bowel obstruction, and being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

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