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regarding the need for a range of access and inclusion improvements throughout Canberra and is aware of recent advocacy for improved mobility parking arrangements. The Office for Disability also made significant contributions to the ACT government’s 2019 mobility parking review.

Canberra is better connected than ever before as a result of our investment in a better public transport network, with the introduction of light rail and improvements to the bus network. The recently announced improvements to our public transport services, which are expected to commence from 28 April 2020, have been identified based on analysis and patronage data showing how Canberrans use public transport and feedback Transport Canberra has received from the community.

The ACT government listened, and these improvements will see more direct routes between regions and an increase in light rail and bus services during peak and off-peak times. I look forward to the announcement in mid-March of a new bus timetable, the extension of peak travel times along Canberra’s light rail network and the addition of more services to meet rising demand for the public transport system. I wish to assure our community that we will continue to work on improving transport, access and mobility parking arrangements in the ACT in order to remove the barriers that impact people with disability to have every opportunity to fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of our city.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Belconnen Community Men’s Shed

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (6.25): Whilst many workers look forward to retirement, research shows that many older Australians who leave the workforce experience significant loneliness as a consequence of leaving behind established social connections and familiar tasks. This social isolation, mixed with the financial limitations that often accompany living on a fixed income, can result in a decline in both physical and emotional wellbeing, increasing the risk of anxiety and depression. I rise today to publicly honour and praise the Belconnen Community Men’s Shed and the huge role it plays in making sure that men in its suburb of Page and other parts of Belconnen have access to essential social connections and meaningful activities.

The shed bills itself and its exciting array of power tools as the “excuse” men need to get out of the house and talk with one another. These tools include wood and metal lathes, a circular saw, welding equipment and a sheetmetal guillotine and folder, as well as handheld tools for leatherwork and projects involving plastics. Small hobby electronics projects are also catered for, and Tuesday afternoons are reserved for cards

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