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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2847..


In May 2007, I announced the installation of fixed speed cameras at a number of midblock locations, including the Tuggeranong Parkway near the Cotter Road overpass, and the Federal Highway southbound approaching the Antill Street roundabout.

As outlined in the ACT Road Safety Strategy, fixed speed cameras are one way to address the issue of safer speeds. The National Road Safety Action Plan for 2007 and 2008 also notes that the moderation of speeds chosen by drivers and motorcycle riders is critical in establishing a safer road system.

In October 2005, the Government agreed to allow all arterial, major collector and minor collector roads in the ACT to be assessed, and if suitable, designated as traffic camera sites.

The new fixed speed cameras have been targeted on high volume, higher speed roads - namely the Federal Highway, Barton Highway, Monaro Highway and Tuggeranong Parkway - where they have high visibility and crashes can have major ramifications.

These major roads are already declared sites for mobile speed camera van operations. The use of fixed cameras on these roads allows the mobile vans to focus on other areas of the road network.

Potential sites for the new fixed speed cameras were selected on the basis of a review of speed survey data, prioritising zones where speeding is occurring. Two to three potential zones were identified on each road.

Specific sites were selected within these zones, taking account of availability of power and technical suitability for the camera technology.

Roads—snow plough machinery

(Question No 1639)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 21 August 2007:

(1) Does ACT Roads utilise snow plough machinery to clear roads such as Brindabella Road at Uriarra; if so, what is the nature of this equipment and is it owned by the Territory or does the Territory contract out the service;

(2) If the service is contracted out, what is the (a) performance standards of the contract regarding time by which a road must be cleared after significant snow falls and (b) nature of the contract, including whether it is (i) in place before winter, for the duration of winter and spring and (ii) arranged as the need arises; if so, what are the contract requirements;

(3) If there is no contracted service and no Territory owned capability, why not.

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

(1) Road graders are utilised for this purpose. The machinery is not owned by the Territory but contracted in when required.


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