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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 2668..


Sitting suspended from 11.25 to 11.42 am.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Tharwa bridge

By Mr Pratt, from 264 residents:

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

1. This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the community of Tharwa are suffering financial and emotional effects as a result of the Stanhope Government's failure to:

a) erect a temporary low level crossing to provide immediate, safe access across the Murrumbidgee River;

b) expedite the replacement or refurbishment of the Tharwa Bridge;

c) ensure the retention of a primary school in Tharwa Village.

2. Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly act to ensure that the Stanhope Government give assurances to the community of Tharwa that:

a) they move immediately to erect a temporary low-level crossing in order to bring immediate relief;

b) immediately re-examine the feasibility of refurbishing and making the existing bridge safe for at least light vehicle traffic;

c) if b) is not feasible then, that the Tharwa Bridge replacement will occur on time and on budget;

d) the Tharwa Preschool will remain open despite a lack of enrolments caused by poor access to Tharwa.

Taxis

By Mr Pratt, from 128 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the assembly that:

1. The ACT taxi industry is in crisis.

2. At 7.45 am on Monday 23 July only 87 of Aerial's 228 cabs were on the road, at which time there were 197 outstanding jobs. Aerial's CEO said that "The difficulty in servicing peaks was not caused by a shortage of taxis but by a shortage of drivers."


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