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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 357..


(4) What is the likely impact on traffic flows from pedestrians crossing the road from the new car park to The Canberra Hospital and vice versa;

(5) Does the Government have any concerns about the safety of pedestrians crossing Yamba Drive near The Canberra Hospital;

(6) Does the Government have any information on the incidence of accidents and injuries to pedestrians at this location; if so, what is this information;

(7) What consideration did the Government give to investment in this kind of traffic safety project in the determination of its second Appropriation Bill of 2007-08.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) A pedestrian underpass or overpass was considered as part of the Yamba Drive project.

(2) In line with convention, Government consideration of budget matters remains confidential.

(3) A safe crossing of Yamba Drive is provided by use of the traffic lights with two pedestrian crossings aligned to the traffic cycles at the hospital entrance.

(4) TAMS advised ACT Health that pedestrians cross Yamba Drive within the normal traffic light sequence. Also the busy periods of pedestrian activity do not coincide with normal peak traffic periods on Yamba Drive.


ACT Health is working with TAMS to ameliorate the traffic flows and monitor the speed of vehicles on Yamba Drive. TAMS will provide a further impact assessment to ACT Health in early 2008.

(5) The safety of pedestrians is of paramount importance. A safe crossing of Yamba Drive is provided by use of the traffic lights with pedestrian lights aligned to the traffic cycles at the hospital entrance. ACT Health has fenced the car park to channel staff to either of the two pedestrians crossings for their own safety.

(6) Data provided by TAMS to ACT Health confirm that during the last five years there has been no accident involving a pedestrian at these traffic lights.

(7) In line with convention, Government consideration of budget matters remains confidential.

ACT Policing—costs

(Question No 1809)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 5 December 2007:

(1) How much does it currently cost to recruit additional uniformed police officers;

(2) How much of this is (a) salary and (b) on costs.


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