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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1529..


Roads—Coulter Drive

(Question No 96)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

(1) What safety assessments and traffic studies have been completed on Coulter Drive between Shumack Street and Springvale Drive and what were the results.

(2) If no safety assessments and traffic studies have been completed, are there any plans to conduct any in the future.

(3) Does the Government have any plans to change (a) speed limits or traffic flow arrangements and (b) pedestrian arrangements for this part of Coulter Drive.

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

1. There has been no recent traffic studies carried out covering this midblock section of Coulter Drive.

2. There are currently no plans to have this midblock included in a traffic study.

3. a) Roads ACT are reviewing speed limits on the arterial road network in the ACT. Coulter Drive was assessed as part of this study and the speed limit is considered to be appropriate.

b) There are currently no plans to change pedestrian arrangements for this part of Coulter Drive.

Environment—household vegetation clearing

(Question No 97)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

(1) In relation to clearance of vegetation in front of residential blocks around roads and footpaths, what is the Department of Territory and Municipal Services policy in asking individual households to conduct clearing.

(2) What is the Department's procedure for informing people of their obligations to conduct clearing.

(3) How many notices has the Government issued to clear vegetation to individual householders each month for the past year.

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

1. The Roads and Public Places Act 1937 (the Act) requires that the occupier of land must not obstruct or inconvenience any passers by on public land by any overhanging tree, sapling, plant, shrub or timber. The Act also requires that the safety of a person using a public place must not be endangered by any of these items. This includes obstructing the vision of road users.


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