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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1110..


MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do not think it is appropriate for me, as chair of this committee or as a member, to put forward any opinion on whether a breach has occurred.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Mr Gentleman, as chair of the committee, what information about the committee's inquiry was discussed? What information about any of the inquiries that the committee has undertaken has been discussed this week within the Labor Party caucus?

MR GENTLEMAN: The caucus discusses many items of the planning and environment committee work—but no detailed items about this particular inquiry.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson! You were on a warning during the want of confidence debate. I am warning you again.

Transport—light rail

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, you recently made an announcement about the light rail master plan. Can you please further expand on the master plan to the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. Last month I was very pleased to announce the successful tenderers to undertake the Canberra light rail master plan project. I am pleased to confirm to members that the consulting firms Arup, CBRE, Tract, Brown Consulting and Purdon Associates have together collectively been appointed to develop and produce this master plan. This brings together a high level of expertise and experience in master planning and light rail projects from local, national and international firms. We know that there is significant interest in this project, and we sought a strong level of submissions from consortia bidding to undertake this important work.

The light rail master plan will identify a future potential light rail network and will guide decision-making about future extensions to capital metro stage 1. It will be an integrated land use and transport plan to link residential development with areas of employment, retail and entertainment use. The master plan will build on the government's work already undertaken on light rail and integrated land use and transport planning and will deliver on our policies as established under transport for Canberra, the ACT planning strategy and the city plan.

The master plan project will explore options for a potential future city-wide light rail network that will seek to maximise the significant social, economic and environmental opportunities that light rail transport can bring to cities. It is important for us as a community to begin these investigations as to where future stages of the


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