Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1640 ..
MS ORR (Yerrabi) (10.02): Madam Speaker, I seek leave to present an out of order petition related to the same matter.
MS ORR: I present the following paper:
Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Giralang community precinct—Revitalisation.
I seek leave to make a brief statement relating to the petitions tabled in my name.
MS ORR: I am proud to sponsor these petitions today, with a total of 184 signatories, requesting that the Assembly call on the government to prioritise the commitment for the new Giralang park in the upcoming budget.
The Giralang community precinct is the centre of the suburb, and, as I discussed earlier this week, it has been subject to some specific challenges. During the 2016 election ACT Labor made a commitment to Giralang to set aside $100,000 for a community park on the vacant block directly in front of Giralang Primary School.
Parks provide a place for the community to meet across all ages and backgrounds. They provide a space not just for children to play but for adults to catch up with friends and for communities to generally come together. There is great potential for this area to be a great community facility but for this space to be best utilised it needs to reflect the ideas of the community that will benefit from it.
Over my time in the electorate during the campaign period, and since being elected, Giralang residents have expressed to me their wish to be included in decision-making around their central space. While out and about with this petition, we had many conversations, and members of the community and organisations located in the precinct have already offered ideas for development of their space that deserve consideration.
Community engagement, not just consultation, is the key element to progressing the Giralang community precinct. I hope that the minister considers this in her decisions regarding the Giralang community park and the surrounding area. I support the principles of this petition and commend it to the Assembly.
Economic Development and Tourism—Standing Committee
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.04): I present the following report: