Page 4193 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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spatial and social information. This process ensures that safety standards are maintained and public investments are suitably targeted.

Should a playground in Farrer be upgraded in the future, the community will be consulted on the upgrade, including on the location of the playground and type of equipment to be provided. This may include skate items and a basketball half court for older children.

In regard to the proposed wetland for Farrer, under the ACT Healthy Waterways project up to 25 projects have been identified to improve long-term water quality in the ACT and downstream river system. It involves the construction of a range of infrastructure, including ponds, wetlands, rain gardens and swales as well as creek restoration and channel reconnection, which are designed to reduce the amount of nutrients, sediment and pollutants entering our waterways. The sites have been selected in order to maximise water quality outcomes and Farrer was not identified in the list of priority sites. Further information can be found on the Environment website­waterways-project.

While I note the suggestion of a Farrer Community Strategic Plan, I can advise that strategic plans are developed for regional areas and town centres to ensure facilities and resources are allocated across a broader area rather than for each individual suburb level.

I understand the significant value in community-led proposals for suburban improvements. I have referred the petition to TCCS to review it in context of developing the Territory-wide program for playground upgrades and public realm improvements.

In the interim, if the Farrer community is interested in forming a community group of volunteers to empower them to improve their public park, they can contact City Presentation’s Community Volunteer Group Coordinator on (02) 6205 2044 or email at: TCCS CP

Thank you for raising these matters. I trust the information provided is of assistance.


ACTION bus service—Deakin, Kingston and Manuka—petition 22-17

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (10.02), by leave: I make this brief statement in relation to the petition that has been lodged. When I was approached by Mr Tony Eastaway, a Deakin resident, earlier this year, expressing his concern about the difficulty in getting to Manuka on public transport, it sounded familiar to me. In the lead-up to the election last year, and at my mobile offices since I have been a member for Kurrajong, this issue has appeared perhaps not necessarily incessantly but certainly as a regular and consistent issue, and it has become clear that something needs to be done.

Although Mr Eastaway’s primary concern was the lack of a public bus service between his retirement village in Deakin and the Manuka shopping precinct, as I reached out to residents in these areas it became clear that a service that previously existed and had been taken away in 2008 was still a concern for many.

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