Page 104 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 28 November 2017 regarding the petition Nos 18-17 and 27-17 lodged by Mr Chris Steel MLA and received in the Assembly on 28 November 2017, regarding improved motorist, cyclist and pedestrian safety from Sulwood Drive, Kambah to access Mount Taylor.

I am pleased to advise that Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Directorate’s forward planning has identified and co-ordinated a cross-directorate initiative for a number of improvements to the parking and access provisions servicing Mount Taylor and these will be considered.

TCCS will also be installing car parking directional signs to direct drivers to the Mount Taylor car park off Athlon Drive. These signs will be installed by the end of March 2018.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust the information provided is of assistance.

Car park closure in O’Malley—petition 3-18

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.02), by leave: I am very happy to sponsor this petition. This is an issue that my office and Ms Lawder, as the former shadow minister for planning, have been following for some time. We have received numerous representations from members of the O’Malley community. I would like to read specifically what the petition calls for. It states:

That the Assembly instruct the Office of Surveyor-General to extend the closing date for lodgement of objections to the closure of the public car park on Pindari Street;

That the Assembly withdraw block 25, Section 31, O’Malley from sale and development under the ACT Government’s Indicative Land Release Program on the basis of increased traffic and noise, excessive and dangerous on-street parking on residential streets and the need for preservation of the stand of mature native trees and species seedlings;

That the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate undertake genuine public consultation and present its justification for the release for sale and development of this site as a community facility.

I share the community’s concerns about the sale of this site. I will go to some of the specifics, but more generally I am also concerned, as are others, that what we are seeing is a sale of green spaces within our suburbs, regardless of what they are zoned—CFZ in this case. This seems to be more about a cash grab by the government than any rational need for this site to be used as a community facility.

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