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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 12 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4055..


Cycling—Curtin bike path

(Question No 651)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) Further to a letter to the editor "Bike path missed"The Canberra Times, 29 August, page 10, can the Minister identify where this recreation path is in North Curtin that has been "seeded"rather than upgraded;

(2) Why has this recreation path been allowed to deteriorate to such a level that it was not considered worth saving;

(3) How many people currently make use of the path on average each day;

(4) If the accurate usage level for this section cannot be ascertained how can the Minister be sure it is not an important link in the path network;

(5) Will this policy lead to the degradation of other similar paths in Canberra that are regularly used by the community; if not, why not;

(6) How much funding was appropriated for path maintenance in the (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 budget years;

(7) How much funding has been appropriated this budget year for path maintenance and how much of that has been spent to date;

(8) Is the amount appropriated for this year expected to cover all required maintenance projects and other planned operations; if not, why not.

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

(1) The path was between Jennings Street and the North Curtin District Playing Fields.

(2) The path was of substandard construction.

(3) No records were taken of the use of the path.

(4) The path does not link high activity centres. An alternative route is available for most of the length using an existing fire trail or the residential street system.

(5) No, this path is the only path known to be constructed in Canberra in this substandard manner.

(6)

Funding Year

Path Maintenance Appropriation $

2001-02

1,000,000

2002-03

1,953,125

2003-04

2,683,638

2004-05

3,029,300


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