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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 5028..

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

(1) $3.5 million will be spent on new cycling infrastructure and $1.6 million on cycle infrastructure maintenance in 2009/10.

In the forward three years, $2.0 million/annum has been budgeted for new cycling infrastructure and $1.6 million/annum for the maintenance of cycling infrastructure.

(2) The money will be used to progress new cycle infrastructure projects which have been identified as a priority and also to maintain the existing cycle path network in the current and forward year work programs.

(3) The current identified maintenance backlog for cycle infrastructure is estimated at $5.0 million.

(4) The ACT Government is reviewing the priority for cycling infrastructure maintenance and progressing work as part of the annual maintenance programs. The current identified backlog is expected to be addressed over the next three years.

(5) $0.8 million has been allocated as part of the 2009/10 Capital Works budget for improvement to signage on the cycling network.

(6) The ACT Government is firmly committed to improving cycling infrastructure throughout the ACT.

Roads-footpath maintenance

(Question No 343)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 14 October 2009 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) How much additional funding has been provided for footpath maintenance in the 2009-10 budget.

(2) What additional footpath maintenance will be provided from this funding.

(3) Is there a backlog of maintenance of footpaths; if so, when will this backlog be cleared up.

(4) Is the Government's commitment on additional funding for footpath maintenance a firm commitment or an aspirational one.

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

(1) Additional funding amounting to $1,600,000 has been provided in the 2009-10 Budget for maintenance of footpaths.

(2) Additional resurfacing of approximately 49,000 m2 of asphalt paths and further reconstruction of approximately 7,100 m2 of concrete paths will be undertaken with this additional funding.

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