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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3897..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Has the task force or the ACT government reached any conclusions on whether Deane's will take over some ACT school bus runs and ACTION will provide some Queanbeyan city services?

MR CORBELL: Again, I am not privy to all the details of discussions of the task force. Those are matters that are dealt with between officials, but I will take advice and provide some further information to the member.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: What coordination, if any, is occurring to develop new industrial or shopping estates in eastern ACT, such as Beard? How will these impact on traffic moving—

Mr Corbell: Such as what?

MS LE COUTEUR: Beard—the potential new suburb—

Mr Corbell: Yes, I know what Beard is.

MS LE COUTEUR: on traffic moving between Canberra and Queanbeyan?

Mr Corbell: I am sorry. Could you repeat that?

MS LE COUTEUR: What coordination, if any, is occurring to develop new industrial or shopping estates in eastern ACT, such as Beard? How will these impact on traffic moving between Canberra and Queanbeyan?

MR CORBELL: The task force is an important forum to exchange information about development activity on both sides of the border and the transport-related impacts of such development.

Canberra—sustainability

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Would the minister please provide an update on progress towards the Gallagher government's vision of Canberra as a sustainable city?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. As members would know, the 2004 Canberra spatial plan and sustainable transport plan provided the framework for the government's decision making on growth, land use and transport planning over the last seven years. These plans, which have formed the transitional planning strategy, have served the community well. The focus of the plans was to establish a more compact city and to help work to reduce our strong reliance on the private motor vehicle for transport. The development of the Molonglo Valley is a pivotal outcome in setting the future direction for more sustainable greenfield development.


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