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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 11 August 2016) . . Page.. 2820 ..


be trialled in just one part of Canberra and why it is Weston Creek and Kambah. Why not Weston Creek and Wanniassa? Why not Weston Creek and Oxley? For some reason they have chosen Kambah which is no real coincidence in terms of—

Mr Gentleman: The biggest suburb.

MR COE: What was that?

Mr Gentleman: The largest suburb in the Southern Hemisphere.

MR COE: It is indeed. It is a question of whether it should be gazetted as Kambah east and Kambah west, the other side of Drakeford Drive, but that is a debate for another day perhaps, Mr Gentleman.

In conclusion there are many things that I could say. I am conscious of the time and how much more there is to get through this evening. With that said I will leave my remarks there.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (7.39): Whilst I love talking about light rail because it is so deeply unpopular in Tuggeranong I actually would like to make a few comments tonight about city services or TAMS. It is deeply unpopular in Tuggeranong. It is a great topic for us in Tuggeranong.

At the outset I would like to thank Ms Fitzharris and before her Mr Rattenbury. When I write on behalf of my constituents they respond quite well. Directorate officials go out and fix things that I raise with them. I would like to express appreciation, my own as well as that of my constituents, for the assistance that they provide.

Over the past year or so I have written about things including some drains that need fixing, hard rubbish pick-up, footpath repairs, lack of footpaths, playground upgrades in Chisholm, Gowrie, Richardson, Gordon, Wanniassa and Calwell, potholes, road noise, road resurfacing, tree removal, tree trimming, graffiti removal, tree root damage to footpaths, noise walls, street lights, lake seating and general seating at parks and playgrounds, additional bins around the lake and recreation areas, upgrading toilet facilities, abandoned trolleys and litter, additional recycling bins for unit blocks, maintenance of fire hydrants, street sweeping, repair and replacement of signage, lighting around the lake, debris in underpasses and desire lines and whether there is a possibility of footpaths.

I would like to give one example about desire lines. I had written to the minister in June or July on behalf of someone who had made a footpath request and I did get a good response from the minister:

Roads ACT has undertaken an inspection and assessed the proposed footpath for both safety and compliance. The assessment found that the shortcut away from the existing path traverses through an area designed to be inundated during storm events that exceed height system capacity, ie, it is subject to flooding. In addition, the grade of the shortcut is such that it is not possible to provide a compliant path on it for disabled users.


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