Page 2416 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, don’t rise to it.

MR HARGREAVES: It is so tempting, though, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, your question, thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: I will take your advice, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. The minister would be aware of my interest in community facilities, in particular playgrounds like that at the Wanniassa shops for example—a magnificent part of the world if ever there was one. Could the minister outline what the government has planned to improve the amenity of our community playgrounds, not only in my electorate but across the whole of Canberra.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I cannot hear Mr Hargreaves’s question. I remind several members of the opposition that you are on warnings.

Ms Gallagher: You will warn them about their warnings.

MR HARGREAVES: Do you want me to do it again, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Minister, did you hear the question?

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne on a point of order.

Mrs Dunne: I am seeking your direction, Mr Speaker. Do you think it appropriate for the Chief Minister to chip you about the way that you address the members of the opposition when she said it was about time you warned them about their warnings?

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I receive constant commentary on my performance in this place. If I pinged it every time it happened, we would probably be having a very long question time. Minister Corbell, your answer, thank you.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question and I am very pleased to advise Mr Hargreaves that the government is extending and providing additional support to improve playground areas, not just in his electorate but right across Canberra.

The government has announced the renewal of six playgrounds across the ACT, at a value of $1.2 million, to improve, upgrade and modernise important playgrounds in our community. These include playgrounds in Mr Hargreaves’s electorate in Gowrie, Greenway and Macarthur. In addition, three are already underway in Kaleen, Chapman and Curtin. I was very pleased to announce this morning another 10 playgrounds around the ACT where we will be conducting community consultation to identify opportunities to improve the quality of those play spaces for young

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