Page 3316 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

Residents and others using the Erindale shopping precinct, particularly the businesses and facilities on both sides of Gartside Street, have over the past 12 months lost 52 car spaces due to recent and current developments. This and the associated traffic flow issues are having a significant impact on these businesses and their customers.

Current developments in Gartside Street will only exacerbate the situation, as will many proposals in the ACT Land and Planning Authority Masterplan for the precinct.

The business owners and their customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety risks with drivers competing for limited parking spots and people forced to cross Gartside Street at peak periods.

Your petitions therefore request the Assembly to:

Urgently request the Government to consult with the residents and business owners in the Erindale shopping precinct with the view to reassessing its current planning arrangements for the precinct and further, to opening up more parking spaces on available vacant land adjacent to the current businesses.

Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Ms Burch, Minister for the Arts, dated 28 July 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 30 June 2011 concerning the future use of the Fitters Workshop in Kingston.

By Ms Burch, Acting Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Bresnan on 21 June 2011 concerning the establishment of a library in the Lanyon Valley.

The terms of the responses will be recorded in Hansard.

Fitters Workshop—petition No 124

The response read as follows:

The ACT Government notes the petition by the petitioners, tabled by Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA on 30 June 2011, and makes the following comments:

The ACT Government notes the concerns of some members of the music sector.

However, the ACT Government made a decision in 2009 that the Fitters’ Workshop would be the new home for Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Use of the Fitters’ Workshop for this purpose is in keeping with the ACT Government’s Arts Facilities Strategy, developed in 2003, which identifies Kingston Foreshore

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