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These issues and the proposed park and ride plans and the associated traffic flow issues and parking issues are all having a significant impact on these businesses and their customers. These issues are further complicated as the overflow parking has also impacted on the Erindale shopping centre where I understand recent studies indicated that one-third of all customers are going on to nearby shopping centres because of congestion and scarcity of parking.

The business owners and their customers are also concerned about the safety risks with drivers competing for limited parking spots. This has led to many minor incidents that many fear may eventually lead to a physical altercation. There is also a growing concern for the safety of families as they try to cross the, at times, severely congested Gartside Street, especially during peak periods.

The petition requests the ACT government to consult with the residents and the business owners in the Erindale shopping precinct with the view to reassessing its current planning arrangements to provide more parking spaces on available vacant land adjacent to the current businesses and to look at this happening in the shortest period of time.

I would like to pay tribute to the energy and planning by the concerned traders and business community of the Erindale precinct and the residents of Tuggeranong and the surrounding ACT community that has given such strong support to these urgent issues—in particular Mr Bob Weight, Sukru Kocak, Mr Phil Price, Mr Chris Maley, Ms Megan Ryre, Ms Ann-Marie Tine, Jayde Murphy, Yvonne Hutchinson, Daniel Munk, Ben Stockridge and Anton Lumbaca, as well as community representative and Wanniassa resident Bill Heins, who volunteered his services to assist the traders.

I commend this petition to the Assembly and congratulate the community on their enterprise. A legacy spin-off from this petition is the development of a very strong community group to emerge from amongst Erindale traders, whether it is the staff at Goodberrys, the owners of Lucky Price Asian Grocery, the Turkish Grill, the Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club, McDonald’s, the Vikings Car Wash, the local hairdressing salons and the Vikings Erindale Club. All have come together for a community purpose and that is very encouraging for future growth and community and retail promotion of Tuggeranong. I commend the petition to the Assembly.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 40

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 40, dated 11 August 2011, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

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