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Libs would address Oaks Estate woes: Doszpot

By Charlotte Harper - 11 October 2016 6

Steve Doszpot
The Oaks Estate Progress Association has had another big win, with the Canberra Liberals committing to address heritage, road safety, public housing and public transport concerns in the suburb after every independent and minor party candidate did the same last week.

Independent and minor party candidates for Kurrajong joined forces on policies for Oaks Estate.

It leaves Labor and the Greens as the only parties not committed to an election pledge for Oaks Estate.

Canberra Liberals Member for Molonglo and candidate for Kurrajong Steve Doszpot (pictured above) said his party would if elected provide support to the Oaks Estate community in terms of transport, roads, housing and heritage.

“Oaks Estate residents have been marginalised by the ACT Labor/Greens Government, yet continue to pay ever increasing rates for services that are never delivered,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The Canberra Liberals will examine the best solutions for reliable transport to Oaks Estate. We will find a way to link Oaks Estate to the ACTION Bus Network.”

A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

He said the Liberals would also commit to a one-off investment in speed bumps and crossings in Oaks Estate from within existing road maintenance funding.

The party would prioritise maintenance and façade works for public housing in Oaks Estate from within the existing public housing budget and expedite heritage grading assessments for Oaks Estate to remove uncertainty.

heritage house, Oaks Estate

“The Canberra Liberals have been listening,” Mr Doszpot said.

“All Canberrans, no matter where they live, deserve proper local services and we are committed to services for Oaks Estate.”

OEPA Vice President Hugh Griffin said the Liberals’ commitment brought the association a step closer to meeting its “90-year goal to be treated as part of Canberra, which includes being part of the Canberra transport network”.

“We have the lowest car ownership rate here, so this means a lot for struggling households,” Mr Griffin said.

“In recent years we have been calling for the public housing flats, which make up over 50% of households here, to be maintained to the same standard as everywhere else in Canberra.

“We hope the Chief Minister will also agree to improve the quality of the flats to align with the rest of Canberra.”

Mr Griffin said Mr Doszpot had long taken a genuine interest in Oaks Estate.

“In recent years, Steve has repeatedly raised serious issues of the government’s neglect of Oaks Estate in the ACT Legislative Assembly, and we again thank him for that. He has been out here to speak with us, walk the streets and has gained a personal knowledge of our struggles and needs. He has done a lot in the past to negotiate with government on our behalf to get us the services we deserve as ACT residents and ratepayers.”

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6 Responses to
Libs would address Oaks Estate woes: Doszpot
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A_Cog 1:39 pm
11 Oct 16
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As well as being leader of his party, Andrew Barr is also a Kurrajong MLA.

Ditto Shane Rattenbury. Kurrajong MLA and Greens leader.

What does it say about their parties, about them as party leaders, and about them as human beings, when they are the local members for Oaks Estate, and they deliberately ignore the poorest community in Canberra?

The Greens announced $19 million for the Arts. Why not $18 million, and $1 million for ACTION buses and road safety in Oaks Estate?

The ALP has blown tens of millions in election commitments, but not a cent for Oaks Estate.

Hmmm.

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JC 5:41 pm
11 Oct 16
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A_Cog said :

As well as being leader of his party, Andrew Barr is also a Kurrajong MLA.

Ditto Shane Rattenbury. Kurrajong MLA and Greens leader.

What does it say about their parties, about them as party leaders, and about them as human beings, when they are the local members for Oaks Estate, and they deliberately ignore the poorest community in Canberra?

The Greens announced $19 million for the Arts. Why not $18 million, and $1 million for ACTION buses and road safety in Oaks Estate?

The ALP has blown tens of millions in election commitments, but not a cent for Oaks Estate.

Hmmm.

Or more to the point what does it show about the desperation of the Liberals to announce this claptrap? If you read it everything they have ‘promised’ will be out of existing budgets with no real commitment to anything actually. So same old spin and games, same old spin and games, clearly they can see a few more votes in “capitalising” on the “issue”.

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richiedt 9:48 pm
11 Oct 16
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Everybody’s aware that the Minor Parties including my own (Like Canberra) and Independents were pushing for Oakes Estate before any of the major parties said anything about it, yeah?

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-election-2016/acts-most-disadvantaged-suburb-demands-to-be-heard-in-campaign-20161004-gruge1.html

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aleayr 11:17 pm
11 Oct 16
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richiedt said :

Everybody’s aware that the Minor Parties including my own (Like Canberra) and Independents were pushing for Oakes Estate before any of the major parties said anything about it, yeah?

This article clearly says exactly that in the first paragraph.

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TuggLife 6:33 am
12 Oct 16
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richiedt said :

Everybody’s aware that the Minor Parties including my own (Like Canberra) and Independents were pushing for Oakes Estate before any of the major parties said anything about it, yeah?

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-election-2016/acts-most-disadvantaged-suburb-demands-to-be-heard-in-campaign-20161004-gruge1.html

Well, yes. It says so right in the opening paragraph, just above the photo of the previous announcement.

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TiffanyCase 12:56 pm
13 Oct 16
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There’s set to be some more positive residential developments there soon, hopefully brining some more people into the neighbourhood which can only be an uplifting thing

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