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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 May 2015) . . Page.. 1535 ..

No community is more fortunate in terms of access to opportunities for good health practices than us. Our parks, Canberra Nature Park, walking trails, bike paths and on-road cycle lanes are all within close reach. These facilities do not just create themselves; they need recognition by government of their worth in improving the lifestyle of the population as a whole, which has real impacts on health outcomes.

With the Chief Health Officer’s report showing that almost 60 per cent of people more than 18 years of age are sufficiently physically active, we have seen a three per cent improvement over five years ago. But we still see far too many people who are suffering from obesity and overweight. Regrettably, that percentage continues to stay at a very high level; we need to do more to drive down that increasing level of overweight and obesity in our community. That is why we focus very strongly on the healthy weight initiative, which seeks to ensure that the community is aware of the health risks and to support them to improve their lifestyle habits. (Time expired.)

Discussion concluded.


Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

ACT community—feedback

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.09): Talking with constituents is one of the real pleasures and privileges of being a member of this place, and I get to hear about the needs, aspirations, ideas, visions, gaps and fulfilment, but I also get to hear about frustration. Madam Assistant Speaker, I want to share with you what one such constituent said to me recently in an email. So that I am not accused of adding colour to his language with my own interpretation, I shall quote him verbatim:

Got your flyer in the letterbox and thought I would drop you some feedback as we are feeling very disengaged from the ACT government at the moment.

Having voted labour until after the fires in 2003 and having lived in the city since 1967 and 1975 (myself and my wife) we enjoyed it as a place of opportunity and to bring up children. However, since the fires and particularly since the Greens have come to dominate government policy, we are becoming increasingly frustrated with the ACT Government. It basically boils down to:

1. Huge increases in rates (we live in Cook)—ours have gone from $1800 to $3300 in two years which means they WILL triple in three years, making the Liberals’ prediction come true. What extra have we received for this—nothing we want and no one asked us.

2. Wasting public money—I have written to the government many times pointing out the senseless waste on things from putting in and pulling out speed bumps (Holt) to planting shrubs on roundabouts which then need maintenance to making Macquarie shops a one way street (why?) and

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