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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1550..

Road Safety Council

(Question No 355)

Mr Hargreaves asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the ACT Road Safety Council:

(1) Is the Council still in existence?

(2) If so, (a) who are the members of the Council and (b) when does its term of office conclude?

(3) How are members appointed to the Council?

(4) If the Council has ceased to exist, when did this occur?

(5) Whose decision was it to cease the operations of the Councilg

(6) What were the reasons for its cessation?

Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) The Registrar General advises that the incorporation of the Council was cancelled in July 1995, although I understand the Council effectively ceased operations in 1991.

(5) The incorporation of the Council was cancelled by the Registrar General for failure to lodge three consecutive annual returns. It is not known whether the members of the Council voted to cease operations. No resolution was forwarded to the Registrar General.

(6) The circumstances leading up to the Council's cessation were as follows:

  • Prior to self-government, the Council was provided with an annual grant for administrative expenses by the then ACT Administration. The grant was discontinued from 31 December 1990 following a review of the grants program.
  • � The review concluded that there was unnecessary overlap in the provision of road safety activities and that the operational functions of the Council could be more effectively undertaken by the Department of Urban Services, in conjunction with the police, without additional resources.
  • � A further consideration was that all other jurisdictions, except the NT, had disbanded their Road Safety Councils or reconstituted them as advisory bodies.

The position of Manager, Road Safety, was subsequently established within the Department of Urban Services, which continues to work in close co-operation with the police on the development and implementation of road safety programs for the ACT.

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