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Thursday 24 June 2021

Liberal MLA for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will move a motion in the Legislative Assembly today calling on the Labor-Greens Government to improve amenities surrounding Lake Tuggeranong.

The motion also calls on the ACT Government to consult with the Tuggeranong community to inform improvements and future upgrades.

Ms Lawder said the amenities around the lake are failing to accommodate locals and that Labor and the Greens should have no qualms supporting this motion if they are serious about improving community spaces.

“Lake Tuggeranong is a recreational area that is used and enjoyed by many locals, and it is well overdue for a refresh with better public amenities,” said Ms Lawder.

“Labor and the Greens have supported a push for improvements to Yerrabi Pond, so I’ve taken heart from that motion and hope for similar cross-party support for improvements at Lake Tuggeranong.

“If the government is willing to support that motion for Gungahlin residents, it should be enthusiastically supporting the same for Tuggeranong residents.

“For too long the people of Tuggeranong have been left behind by Labor and the Greens. It’s time that Tuggeranong got more bang for their buck,” Ms Lawder concluded

Wednesday 19 May 2021

The Capital Chicks program run by Diabetes NSW & ACT recently had its funding application rejected by the ACT Government.

The program supports Canberra women living with diabetes, including gestational diabetes. To date There have been 7888 registrations, with 57 per cent of those women becoming active users of the program.

Capital Chicks was developed to promote wellbeing and assist in the prevention and management of gestational and Type 2 diabetes in addition to other chronic diseases that also benefit from health and well-being advice and support.

Shadow Minister for Women Nicole Lawder said it is disappointing the government has decided not to support this essential women’s health service.

“The Capital Chicks Program is a fantastic online platform from Diabetes NSW & ACT,” Ms Lawder said.

“It is absolutely shameful that this Labor-Greens Government is responsible for the rejection of funds for this crucial initiative.

“The government loves to talk about supporting women but when push comes to shove, they’ve failed to support many Canberra women living with diabetes.

“Capital Chicks is so important for women experiencing this chronic condition. I call on the government to reverse its decision and support this vital program,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Friday 23 April 2021

Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder will host an Assistive Technology Australia (ATA) pop-up event at the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

Ms Lawder said assistive technology is one of the great successes of modern technology.

“It covers everything from kitchen utensils to sensory aids for people who are vision and or hearing impaired,” said Ms Lawder.

“I am so pleased to host the team from ATA to showcase their incredible products to other Members of the Assembly and stakeholders.

The impartial, informed advice that ATA provides to seniors and people living with a disability is invaluable.

“Having that third party consultation with an organisation that isn’t a supplier is so crucial to finding the right assistive technology for a person’s individual needs and circumstances.

“Despite not having a permanent location in Canberra, the ATA team frequently travel and make themselves available to Canberrans, I thank them for that,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Event Information: The Assistive Technology Australia pop-up will take place Friday April 23 between 11:30am-2:00pm in the Reception Room at the ACT Legislative Assembly. Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder and consumers in attendance will be available for interview

Friday 14 May 2021

The Burns Club have submitted a development application to build approximately 98 carparks that would be located directly on the Tuggeranong little athletics field.

The field located on Kett Street Kambah is vital for the Tuggeranong Little Athletics Association and used for shotput, discus, long jump, and triple jump events.

Liberal MLA for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said not only does this proposal disadvantage Tuggeranong children participating in community sport but is also unnecessary.

“Anyone who has been to the Burns Club would know that there is ample parking available at the club and in its surrounds,” said Ms Lawder.

“Frankly this proposal is ludicrous and an unfair attack on community sport in Tuggeranong.

“This space is an important community asset that has helped produce both Canberra and Australian-level athletes.

“It would be not only shameful if this government were to allow this proposal to pass but also incredibly hypocritical after all its anti-car and pro-green space rhetoric.

“The Labor-Greens Government need to kick this application to the curb and show support to the Tuggeranong Little Athletics Club and not prioritise the construction of an unnecessary carpark,” Ms Lawder concluded

Thursday 22 April 2021

The Minister for Water has once again deflected questions about the deteriorating Lake Tuggeranong Research Project.

After several attempts by Liberal Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder to raise the issue in the Legislative Assembly today, the Minister accused Ms Lawder of being anti-science.

“My concern and continuing questions about the research project in Lake Tuggeranong have nothing to do with being anti-science,” said Ms Lawder.

“Residents have an abandoned experiment by the Labor-Greens Government to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong that is now adding to the lake’s pollution and spreading plastic throughout the water.

“The decaying experiment is adding to the long list of water quality issues we have in Lake Tuggeranong and it’s simply not good enough. It is time the Minister took some action and got the experiment cleaned up or removed.

“For years now, this government has poured money into improving water quality at Lake Tuggeranong and residents just aren’t experiencing any results.

“The least the Minister can do while we are experiencing these water quality issues is ensure that the projects he is responsible for are not adding to the problem.” Ms Lawder concluded.

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