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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 March 2015) . . Page.. 809 ..

resident and Neighbourhood Watch coordinator. A station sergeant, Daryl Neit of the ACT Policing crime reduction unit, made contact with the resident and clarified collation and reporting regimes associated with criminal statistics which appear on the ACT Policing website. And I do note that my colleague Minister Burch also wrote to the residents of Oaks Estate in regard to this process.

The most recent operation in Oaks Estate took place on Wednesday, 11 February this year, consisting of mobile vehicle patrols, random breath testing and traffic enforcement. That resulted in 50 negative screening tests and five traffic infringement notices being issued. During the month of February 2015 there were two traffic targeting incidents and two crime targeting incidents recorded for Oaks Estate.

Sometimes when we think of particular suburbs we do look at what is occurring in our suburb and show concern about criminal statistics, but often they can be a focus. It is important to sometimes do some comparisons. So I thought I would go to the ACT Policing website and have a look at some statistics from Mr Doszpot’s particular suburb, Yarralumla, which he has recently moved into. I can advise that the statistics from Yarralumla in 2014 show up to 383 criminal offences. And if we have a look at Oaks Estate, from the ACT Policing website, we see in 2010 there were 67; in 2011, 65; in 2012, 73; a reduction in 2013 to 37; and in 2014, 59; a total of 301. In those five years, there were 301 offences and in one year in Mr Doszpot’s suburb there were 383.

In summary, the Oaks Estate master plan that I was talking about responds to concerns raised by the Oaks Estate community regarding the nature of the development that has occurred over time in Oaks Estate and provides more clarity regarding longstanding heritage nomination. It sets a strategic direction for future growth of the village by aiming to identify and balance the land use, the economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges for the benefit of Oaks Estate. And the roads program examines and provides upgrades and improvement to the roads in Oaks Estate. I commend my amendment to the motion.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (11.54): I thank Mr Doszpot for putting forward this motion today. Perhaps I do not thank him for the tone of his personal commentary, but at least it provides the opportunity to discuss Oaks Estate, which, as he noted, has a very interesting history. It is certainly one of the oldest parts of Canberra. The Greens have been concerned about a wide range of issues for the residents of Oaks Estate for many years. Although it is often a forgotten part of Canberra, I and some of my colleagues have been invited to Oaks Estate on a number of occasions. We have made those visits and had discussions with the residents group.

It is no secret that some residents of Oaks Estate feel somewhat isolated from the rest of Canberra. It is a small community. Along with areas such as Pialligo, Hall, Uriarra and Tharwa, it is not easily slotted in with the rest of the usual government programs and services simply because of where it is and the number of residents. This combination often makes it difficult or perhaps expensive to ensure that the same level of facilities is made available in the area.

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