I regularly host Community Forums around my electorate of Canberra where people can talk with me about issues and raise their concerns.
In August, I held three Community Forums and it was fascinating to hear so many diverse and wide-ranging views.
For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of my Community Forums, most people who attend do so to ask for information, to discuss issues or to find out where they can go for assistance.
Sometimes these issues fall under the ACT Government’s jurisdiction, however it is very important to me to hear about them and to then talk with my ACT Assembly colleagues and see what we can do to help.
It’s no surprise that planning is the topic most Canberrans are interested in; after all, planning impacts on all of us in one way or another. I support urban in-fill provided the designs and infrastructure meet the community’s needs and doesn’t negatively impact on those who live and work in the area.
I heard support for new development in Woden Plaza, along with some very sensible suggestions about providing space where people can wash and clean their cars, and ensuring ease of access for visitors and deliveries.
I have been in the media recently about where new embassies should be built and this generated discussion about preserving the land around the foreshores.
Parking in the Parliamentary Triangle is another hot issue. I support paid parking provided there is proper amenities and transport available as many public servants work long and irregular hours.
The NBN is a very popular topic across all age groups and there is a high level of interest (and demand) for the national broadband scheme.
Like the NBN, Labor’s national Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a program many Canberrans support and want to hear more about.
And of course, people are always concerned that our city is well maintained and stays looking so beautiful.