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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2126..


(Question No 1603)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 29 May 2007:

(1) Are there plans to lay more surfaced footpaths and pedestrian crossings throughout Hackett in light of the suburb's growing population of young families who require safe walking routes throughout the area; if so, when will work on installing these begin; if not, why has the Department of Territory and Municipal Services decided that current pedestrian arrangements, for example, pedestrians using heavily trafficked roads, are adequate;

(2) How many traffic accidents involving pedestrians within Hackett have occurred, including on Antill Street and Phillip Avenue where they pass through this suburb, within the past 10 years, or within any timeframe for which records are available.

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

(1) My Department has several programs in place to monitor and identify traffic and pedestrian safety issues and implement measures to enhance pedestrian and traffic safety. These programs are:

a. Traffic Management at Schools - an ongoing program where the traffic and pedestrian safety situation in and around selected schools are investigated and measures implemented in consultation with the schools and the school community. The schools for investigation under this program are selected on a priority basis from a list maintained by the Department.

b. Minor New Works program - which deals with reactive and proactive pedestrian and traffic safety improvement programs throughout the ACT.

c. Ad hoc safety improvement programs - which deal with safety improvement programs if and when safety concerns are raised by residents.

d. Neighbourhood safety improvement programs - which deals with street lighting and other residential amenity improvement programs.

e. Capital upgrade program for footpath improvements - Roads ACT maintains a database of public requests for footpaths in established suburbs. These are ranked against other competing priorities for consideration in future works programs. At present there is only one request in this database for a path in Hackett, and this is currently ranked at No 127. On this basis this path is unlikely to be built in the near future. There are no other footpaths planned by Roads ACT for this suburb

(2) There has been a total of three recorded traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Hackett from 1 December 1996 to 30 November 2006. There was a fatality recorded on Antill Street in 1999, an injury recorded on Antill Street in 1997 and a non-injury accident on Gilruth Street in 2002.

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