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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1992..


Year

Funds budgeted for Maintenance of Community Paths

2002/3

$1.94 Million

2003/4

$2.68 Million

2004/5

$3.03 Million

(2) The community path network is approximately 2,500 kilometres in length and The Department of Urban Services investigates over 1,000 maintenance requests per year throughout the network.

Year

Funds expended on Maintenance of Paths

Location of Repairs and Maintenance

2002/3

$2.47 Million

Numerous areas in Gungahlin, Belconnen, North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, Weston & Tuggeranong

2003/4

$2.72 Million

Numerous areas in Gungahlin, Belconnen, North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, Weston & Tuggeranong

2004/5

Target of $3.03 Million

Numerous areas in Gungahlin, Belconnen, North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, Weston & Tuggeranong

(3) There are no significant sections of the community path network that are considered to be unsafe and unserviceable, however there are new defects constantly occurring on the path network. There are numerous sites where paths have been made safe with temporary repairs and are programmed to have permanent repairs / replacement. Currently there is a 3 to 6 month turn around in the programming and repair / replacement of path works as all works are of tendered in accordance with purchasing guidelines.

In some suburbs there are a large number of defects in the existing path network and replacement of the paths is recommended. Examples of this can be found in Holt, Belconnen, Macquarie, Palmerston, Dickson, Kingston, Griffith, Weston, Wanniassa, Chisholm and Banks. The replacement of paths in these suburbs will be programmed in future maintenance programs.

The community path network is under a lot of pressure and the majority of damage to the paths is caused by tree root intrusion, vehicles driving on the paths and the effects of aging. Temporary repairs are carried out to maintain public safety and permanent repairs / replacement are then prioritised and programmed within the Path Maintenance Program.

(4) The ACT Government is committed to maintaining the off road community path network as both walking and cycling are important for recreation and commuting purposes and contribute to the fitness and health of residents. The funding of these facilities is an important component of implementing the Government's Sustainable Transport Plan.


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