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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4552 ..

Weston Park

(Question No 1055)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to advice that Canberra Urban Parks and Places (CUPP) is constructing a formal entrance to Weston Park:

(1) Why is a formal entrance deemed necessary;

(2) What will be the cost of this development;

(3) Will the work also involve protecting the unfenced open green spaces adjacent to the cycle path, opposite Banks and Brown Streets and behind the lakeshore from 'wheelies' and truck and car parking.

(4) If the response to (3) is negative, why and would not the expenditure at (1) above be better spent protecting this pleasant natural environment from thoughtless motor vehicle drivers.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The entrance to Weston Park is being modified to secure the park from illegal motor vehicle access and to reduce vandalism to park facilities during the night-time hours. There have been ongoing problems with vandalism in the Park especially during the night, as well as theft. The damage occurring includes vehicles tearing up the grass, broken bollards, illegal dumping, an average of 25 wheelie bins burnt per annum, toilet vandalism, playground vandalism and tree damage.

New entrance signage is being installed as part of a city-wide park branding project. This coincides with the entrance works, and supplements new signage elements at various other locations including Black Mountain Peninsula and Lennox Gardens.

(2) The cost for the Weston Park signage is $6,500.00, and the cost for the formal entrance is $18,000.

(3) No.

(4) The formal entrance is being developed to manage the access to Weston Park specifically. Precluding vehicular entry to grassed areas along Banks Street and adjacent Lake Burley Griffin is not seen as a management priority, and would require barriers to the length of Banks and Brown Streets.

The siting of the current works utilises the natural opportunity to restrict access by trees, drainage channels and existing lake inlet, while at the same time contributing to the identity of Weston Park to visitors.

Coppins Crossing

(Question No 1056)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Environment, upon notice:

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