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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 September 2017) . . Page.. 4034 ..

Another issue is the learn to ride park at Lake Tuggeranong. I have received, and I have passed on to the minister, many complimentary remarks about the learn to ride park at Lake Tuggeranong. It is a great park, and families are really enjoying it. But one of the things that I wrote to the minister about was the request from constituents for additional seating. The response I got was that the garden beds around the learn to ride park made additional seating difficult to install. Quite clearly the person who wrote that letter for the minister has not visited the learn to ride park, because there are about two small tanbarked areas and the rest of the area around the learn to ride park is vacant, with grass around it. There is no reason whatsoever why additional seating could not be installed.

Yesterday I raised the issue of the car park behind the Tuggeranong CIT and the need for better lighting. I look forward to that. Other issues I have raised with the minister, and will continue to raise when required, on behalf of constituents, include the smell from the tip. A hundred to two hundred constituents raising complaints is surely consultation with residents and should be taken seriously. Residents are directly affected, adversely affected, and if it happens again this summer I think there will be more uproar than ever before.

I would also like to mention, given that Mr Parton is not here, that we have had, I hope, a good result recently on the Mount Taylor Sulwood Drive car park. That is another TCCS issue in the Tuggeranong area that we are looking forward to being resolved.

In conclusion, I know that the directorate works very hard and has a lot of area to cover. There is a lot of work to do, but investment and improvements should be informed by consultation. That consultation must be genuine consultation, not consultation for the sake of it. It should be consultation where, when you get comments from the community, they are included in the final result—not Clayton’s consultation but real consultation and making people feel more valued so that it encourages them to participate in the consultation process again because they know that their input is valued. I thank Ms Orr for raising this valuable motion. I look forward to monitoring the progress of various projects in my electorate.

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (6.24): I thank Ms Orr for bringing this motion to the Assembly, and I echo Mr Coe’s and Ms Lawder’s words in commending the hard work of TCCS staff in looking after our suburbs. There are, however, some issues I wish to raise.

In June this year, I note, the Auditor-General’s report into the maintenance of selected road infrastructure assets found a lack of “a systemic approach for conducting inspections of the condition and safety of community paths that are not in high priority locations”. The fact that there is no system of inspections means that the government relies on the vigilance and conscientious monitoring and reporting of the state of the territory’s paths by kind residents, rather than taking a proactive approach to seek out and deal with issues of maintenance, pride in our cityscape and, more importantly, safety risks.

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