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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6120..


Greens and the Labor Party under which the Labor Party committed to delivering and, to its credit, has delivered increased cycling infrastructure and increased pedestrian infrastructure. However, we still have things like the Civic cycling loop. This is a priority but when will it actually be done?

We get the redoing of London Circuit without any significant cycle infrastructure in it. London Circuit has your typical cycle lane which begins in the middle of the road and ends. I suppose that cyclists are just meant to disappear in puffs of blue smoke. The same thing has happened in Belconnen with one of the new bits of cycleway around the bus stations going straight into a kerb. I am not quite sure what cyclists are meant to do.

I am interested and very pleased to see the government is still committed to bike racks on all ACTION buses but I assume this means that the concern that was recently in the Canberra Times that some of the new buses were too long for bike racks was incorrect. I am very pleased about that.

Something else I am pleased about, though not so pleased on the timing, is the feasibility study for the Dickson-Northbourne Avenue precinct. Northbourne Avenue is a major road in Canberra, especially to inner north residents such as myself. We desperately need work done on that. We desperately need this feasibility study to go ahead and to see good solutions for cyclists, for pedestrians, for bus users and, in fact, even for car users.

I thank the government for this report and note the need to continue increased work on active and public transport.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 18A—Authorisation of Expenditure from the Treasurer's Advance to the ACT Planning and Land Authority, including a statement of reasons, dated 2 December 2010.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: As required by the Financial Management Act I table a copy of an authorisation in relation to the Treasurer's advance provided to the ACT Planning and Land Authority. Section 18 of the act provides for the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer's advance. Section 18A requires that within three sitting days after the authorisation is given the Treasurer must present to the Assembly a copy of the authorisation instrument and a statement of reasons for giving it and a summary of the total expenditure authorised under section 18 for the financial year.


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