Page 2229 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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Bill Kennedy Memorial Park

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, I note that you recently received a submission from residents of Holder regarding the Bill Kennedy Memorial Park. What has the ACT government done to maintain and upgrade the Bill Kennedy Memorial Park?

MS GALLAGHER: I do believe that I am waiting on advice for that, Mr Hanson, if I recall. In Territory and Municipal Services, and forgive me in this regard, I would probably sign off between 30 and 40 letters and pieces of correspondence a day. I cannot specifically recall seeing that advice come through but I will check. I am very happy to respond, as I do with all representations.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what actions have been taken to ensure that people utilising neighbourhood facilities, in this case the Holder community facility, do not park their vehicles on actual parkland, including grassed areas?

MS GALLAGHER: Action will be taken. Indeed I think in the last few weeks it has been taken, not necessarily specifically in Holder, around parking and parking on verges, in order to protect the nature strips and trees that are around there. So there is action taken. In terms of specifically at Holder, I will have to wait for that advice to come back. When TAMS get representations they do go out and respond to those and then they usually advise me what action has been taken.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what actions are you taking to provide adequate parking facilities for the current tenants of the Holder community facility, given that a locked gate now prevents them from accessing the park?

MS GALLAGHER: As I said, the issue has been raised. I am waiting for further advice and I am very happy to inform the Assembly once I have that.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what communication have you had with the residents from Holder concerning their submission?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not want to mislead the Assembly so I will just have to check my records on that. As I said, I probably deal with around 30 to 40 different representations from TAMS on a daily basis. I would prefer just to check my records and then come back to the Assembly.

Federal budget

MR HARGREAVES: I thought I might ask a question on the federal budget. That would be something different, wouldn’t it?

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