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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (17 September) . . Page.. 4270..

(5) There are no waiting lists for these services.

(6) See answer to question 5.

(7) Support for women and families entering public housing is individualised and focussed on supporting people to maintain their tenancy. This may include financial counselling, drug and alcohol counselling and domestic violence support.

Roads—bus transit lanes

(Question No 267)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 19 August 2009:

(1) Has the ACT Government undertaken any needs analysis and costings for a bus transit lane on Canberra Avenue; if so, can the Government provide a summary.

(2) Has the ACT Government undertaken any consultation with stakeholders on the need and any formulation of costings for a bus transit lane on Canberra Avenue; if so, can the Minister provide that information to the Assembly.

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

1. The ACT Government undertakes needs analysis for bus transit lanes based on the priorities identified in its ACT Sustainable Transport Plan (Plan). The Plan identified Belconnen to City, Gungahlin to City, Woden to City and Tuggeranong to Woden are a priority over Canberra Avenue which is on the Queanbeyan to Canberra corridor. However, Roads ACT has investigated the feasibility of bus priority measures at intersections including Canberra Avenue (Ipswich and Nyrang Streets) and traffic lights at Canberra Avenue and Giles Street. Roads ACT is also liaising with Deane's Transit Group on a number of other bus priority type improvements on the Queanbeyan to Canberra route. The initial estimate indicates that all the priority improvements would cost in excess $10 million.

2. No. As indicated in the answer to Q1, there has been no costing or needs analysis undertaken in relation to a bus transit lane on Canberra Avenue. However, in the context of developing a long term public transport strategy, including rapid transit corridors, the ACT Government has been consulting with the community extensively through workshops, open forums and on-line consultations.

Canberra Hospital—car park

(Question No 268)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 August 2009:

(1) Did the ACT Government ensure that the proposed development of a nine storey carpark at The Canberra Hospital was consistent with the National Health Facility Guidelines prior to the Minister for Health writing to the Minister for Planning requesting that the proposed carpark development be 'called in'; if so, can evidence of this be provided.

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