Page 2349 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 31 July 2018

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The ACT Government recognises the importance of improving community paths and cycling facilities to provide safe and attractive routes and is working hard to improve the existing path networks and create additional new path connections.

Playground upgrade

I am advised that the playground at Birrell Street which previously consisted of only a swing set, was upgraded in May 2017. The playground now includes a children’s slide, swing set, steering wheel, abacus panel, fire pole, ramp climber, monkey bars, balance beam, pommel walk, chin up bar, chain balance walk and a net climber.

The closest fitness station is located at Beaurepaire Crescent Neighbourhood Park in Holt. It consists of a chin up bar, a push up bar and parallel bars. In general, fitness equipment is located in higher use parks where it will benefit the maximum number of users. A larger community fitness station site is located at John Knight Memorial Park which consists of a large range of equipment including a vault, shoulder press, aerobic walker and many more activities.

In addition, a developer undertaking work in West Belconnen advises that fitness equipment will be installed at the Strathnairn Community Recreation Irrigated Park that will be built within the next year.

Currently, there are 21 Canberra suburbs which have fitness equipment such as sit up benches, chin-up bars and balance beams available at a local park or open space. A list of these suburbs and the fitness equipment available is at

The ACT Government is aware of a growing community demand for more relevant and appropriate playground facilities and exercise equipment in established suburbs. The current approach to the provision and management of established playgrounds is being reviewed by TCCS in light of this community demand and other factors such as changing demographics.

In addition, a community engagement process underway through the ‘Better Suburbs’ initiative will be used to inform future policy approaches and decision-making about how best to meet community needs in a sustainable way. You can access more information about this initiative including opportunities to have your say at

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

Sunday ACTION timetable—petition 8-18

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.03), by leave: I think this is a very important petition, because if we are going to have a public transport system that works for all Canberrans, it has to work for a reasonable range of hours. We currently have a system which really concentrates on commuters. Commuters, of course, are important, but Canberra is now a city that has nightlife, and even nightlife on Sundays, so I really commend this petition to the Assembly.

On the basis of the consultation that ACTION has had about the proposed new routes, I anticipate that the petition will succeed in its aims because Minister Fitzharris has indicated that they are looking at a more seven-day-a-week timetable.

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