Page 5953 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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MR CORBELL: My recollection is that all submissions to the federal government have been made public with the release of the approval by the federal minister.

Chifley wellness centre—landscaping

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, I have been contacted by constituents about the state of cleanliness of the Chifley wellness centre. Some months ago you advised that work was being done to landscape the area. I am advised by my constituents that the area still has large areas of unmown grass and a general untidiness remains. The promised trees and shrub plantings have not been completed. Minister, what assurances can you give to local residents that your original promise to landscape and smarten up the area will be delivered?

MS BURCH: I know I had a letter on this matter from Mr Doszpot just recently. I am disappointed—I share that disappointment—that that work has not progressed. Our community hubs are a great asset to the community and they should be of great value to and held in high regard by the community. So I will be seeking advice from the Community Services Directorate and ensure that this work is completed.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when can residents expect that the area will be tidied? What will you do to ensure that it is maintained?

MS BURCH: As I have just said, I will be following this up with the Community Services Directorate. Their advice to me is that it was going out to tender to have regular maintenance and upgrade work undertaken. I have nothing in front of me to say that that is not going to happen. It seems to be delayed but I can give the community the assurance that I will get on to it.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: What is being done to prevent all-day parking by Woden office workers on the areas supposedly designed for grass?

MS BURCH: What is being done to prevent Woden office workers from parking on areas designed for grass? I would imagine there is signage, and I think anyone in this place and around Canberra would know that that is probably not an appropriate place to park.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Why have you not honoured your commitment to improve the appearance of the area?

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