Page 3736 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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In addition, a number of people suggested including our community vegetable gardens or busking corners. Others put forward the idea of organising paint and play or a place for an Anzac memorial so that the Gungahlin RSL sub-branch could hold memorial services on commemorative days.

One person said:

Bring back public speaking and spontaneous creativity to public parks.

People of all ages are demanding different access to public debate, public poetry and public performance.

Most importantly, the art of public speaking with cheers, boos, interjections and smart arse commentary is essential for democracy.

I will shortly be writing to the minister and providing her with a summary of all the views residents have shared with me. I will also be providing this information to the second-year landscape architecture students at the University of Canberra. Last year’s students worked with me on the Giralang community park, and following from that experience they approached me to see if there was another project I knew of that they could use for their design studio.

The timing worked out and now the students will be undertaking a study of the area and coming up with a range of concept designs for the linear park, all based on the feedback from the community. The feedback from the community and the concept designs from the University of Canberra landscape architect students will all help to better inform the Suburban Land Agency in their detailed design and, I hope, will shape the linear park to be a space that reflects the community as best as possible.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.29 pm.

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