Page 766 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Parks—barbecue facilities

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Can the minister update the Assembly on the progress of the upgrades to barbecue facilities in ACT parks?

MR RATTENBURY: There is a program for barbecue upgrades across the city. There are currently 124 barbecue units in parks—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, before I proceed, is this the first time that this upgrade has been announced?

MR RATTENBURY: No, I do not think so, Madam Speaker. I think there has been a press release on it.

MADAM SPEAKER: Okay; that is fine.

MR RATTENBURY: You have got me wondering now. I am sure we have put this out in public before.

Mr Hanson: Controversial.

MR RATTENBURY: Indeed. I think this is the first time a minister has ever been pinged for this in the Assembly that I can recall.

Members interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: Dr Bourke hits the Assembly with the dad jokes and everyone is in hysterics.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Rattenbury has lost his train of thought completely. I have contributed to that, and I apologise.

MR RATTENBURY: TAMS does have an ongoing program of renewing the barbecue facilities around town and making sure they are functional, they are safe and they are up to date in the public picnic areas. The 2011-12 parks and cities barbecue condition audit identified barbecues that are unused, rarely used, inefficient, unsafe or unhygienic, and that should be removed, upgraded or replaced. That audit prioritised barbecues for upgrade in 2013-14. Five rarely used old barbecues will be removed and five new barbecues will be constructed in more accessible high-use locations. So there is a range of new barbecues that are going to be installed. They are at Bowen park in Barton, Yarralumla Bay in Yarralumla, Lake Ginninderra peninsula district park in Belconnen, Lennox Gardens behind the Hyatt in Yarralumla and Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin. There is also going to be an upgrade of the Umbagong district park barbecue, which was actually completed in March 2014.

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