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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2137..


Tuesday, 25 May 2004

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Gungahlin Drive extension

By Ms Tucker, from 114 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The petition of certain residents of Gungahlin in the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly: The undesirable impacts of the proposed extension to Gungahlin Drive, and the likely failure of this new road to address the transport needs of Gungahlin residents.

Your petitioners therefore urgently request the Assembly to: call on the ACT government to:

1. Defer building the Gungahlin Drive Extension through Black Mountain Reserve, Bruce Ridge and O'Connor Ridge Nature Parks, and the Kaleen Grasslands until-

(a) a full environmental impact statement has been prepared;

(b) a comprehensive traffic analysis is prepared, taking into account up to date traffic flow data; the changes to the design of the city, and new population projections for Gungahlin as reflected in the Spatial Plan; and

(c) alternative road solutions which upgrade existing roads are fully investigated.

2. Ensure that Canberra's sustainable transport plan include a commitment to an urban light rail backbone supported by feeder buses.

Gungahlin Drive extension

By Ms Tucker, from 1,450 residents:

Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

the undersigned urgently request:

That plans for building the Gungahlin Drive Extension through Black Mountain


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