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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 260..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

information, remembering that the government has approved the installation of a new ticketing system because the current ticketing system did not provide us with the data to properly judge what the routes would look like, and that is why we needed the people who were travelling on those buses. Of the 48 or so bus routes that people were concerned about, we received sufficient information to revisit about 10 or 11 of them. Curtin is one of them. We will be revisiting the issue around that particular Curtin bus route, taking on board the information that people have given us.

I go back to the point my colleague Mr Corbell made just a minute ago. You take decisions according to certain amounts of information that you have and you do the best you can about getting that information in a quality format which makes for good decision making. Then, through community consultation, you go out and get more information, and that causes you to revisit the original decision. Of course, in these particular cases, about 10 or 11 of them, the actual product at the end of the day will be considerably different from that presented to the newspaper and to the community.

I have to say with respect to the consultation process that it was not just done online. I know that there were presentations by senior ACTION officers to all of the community councils across town. There were public information sessions at the town centres where people could go and actually discuss these things. This has been, in my view, the widest and most comprehensive consultation process that I have ever heard of. It has been very, very good to the extent that at the moment I am criticised by those opposite because we have not fixed it. Well, we are still talking to the community about that. We are still receiving that information. Now that the deadline is over our schedulers are going to work to develop the timetable so that you will know that you are getting more frequent services down, say, the streets in Curtin, but you do not know what time of day yet. It will go out into the community when we can work out the domino theory of timetabling.

We know that we will be increasing most of the services around town in terms of frequency. I hope that responds to Mr Mulcahy's question. Again, if there are specific people who have specific issues, we are quite happy to have ACTION people talk to them directly. The time for changing things around has ceased, but bus services are revolving things. There will come a time in the future when we will need to change it again. We need to have the feedback from our travelling public each and every time they do it if they are willing to do so. We are happy to receive any number of them.

Dragway

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Minister, at the 2004 election the Stanhope government pledged to build a dragway within 18 months. That pledge is now almost two years overdue. The Chief Minister said to an ALP conference:

We will be judged not just on what we pledge but on how well we have delivered on pledges made before.

That is a noble statement. However, the only action taken so far has been to allocate $8 million in the 2004-05 budget, which still remains in the 2007-08 budget, and to spend $165,000 on feasibility studies, according to answers you gave me last month to


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