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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1257..


Development-Canberra Centre

(Question No 148)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

Will the Canberra Central implementation team consider the through traffic conditions in Bunda Street, Canberra City, with particular focus on closing off the street to through traffic at the pedestrian crossing that connects the two sections of the Canberra Centre.

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

Canberra Central Project Team is currently developing a traffic model for the City area. Once the model is completed the Canberra Central Project Team will be testing different scenarios for traffic circulation within the City.

In all scenarios the key objective will be to give priority to pedestrian access and public transport in the City.

The impact of the current and proposed city bus links, as well as the proposed major commercial and retail developments, will also be tested in the model.

Until these models are run and the various implications analysed, such as safety and the amenity of users, it is not proposed that the Canberra Central Project Team give particular focus to closing Bunda Street to traffic.

Closing Bunda Street, as with any street, needs very careful consideration, as it has the potential to reduce the permeability and accessibility of the City, as well as reduce casual surveillance in the evenings as set out through the Governments adopted crime prevention through environmental design principles.

Fireworks-reports

(Question No 150)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

(1) Further to question on notice No 18 regarding fireworks, how many reports regarding fireworks were made during the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in 2004;

(2) Have the investigations into two reports where ACT WorkCover launched a detailed investigation into fireworks since the inception of the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 been finalised; if so, what were the findings of each investigations;

(3) Further to the report where a brief of evidence was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), why did a brief need to be prepared for the DPP;

(4) What action was taken by the DPP when it received the brief.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) During the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in 2004, ACT WorkCover received 112 reports regarding fireworks.


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