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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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commuters, earlier this year this Assembly debated a new piece of legislation that established for the first time an ACT-specific privacy law that provided for the protection of data and other personally identifying information held by the ACT government. That would include data held by ACTION associated with the use of the MyWay transit card system.

Commuters can be reassured that access to any data, whether it is MyWay data or any other data, can only occur if it is consistent with ACT privacy law. ACT privacy law is the same as commonwealth privacy law and the Australian privacy principles. We have imported commonwealth law into our own statute book and we now have a comprehensive suite of territory privacy principles that guide decisions as to whether or not access to data should be granted.

It is the case that a request by police for the purposes of a criminal investigation is a legitimate reason to access data held by the ACT government. Obviously those individual circumstances will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the territory Privacy Act and the territory privacy principles that apply in that act.

Transport—park-and-ride and bike-and-ride facilities

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Planning: I refer to the government's transport for Canberra policy along with active travel. What bike-and-ride and park-and-ride facilities are planned for or have recently begun construction in my electorate of Ginninderra, and can you provide examples of where park-and-ride and bike-and-ride systems have been used and what benefits have they delivered?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Porter for her question. The 2010-11 budget allocated more than $4 million over four years to expand the network of park-and-ride and bike-and-ride facilities across the territory, with the focus on existing rapid and frequent bus services. In Ginninderra construction of a park and ride at Moyes Crescent in Kippax was completed at the end of 2013. Another park and ride in College Street, Bruce, has recently been completed. These facilities allow people living in the north of Canberra to drive part of their journey before completing their commute via public transport.

This system, along with being convenient, greatly reduces congestion on our roads by encouraging people to drive their cars less and to use public transport alternatives. In addition to these two park-and-ride facilities in Belconnen, an additional facility was completed on Purdue Street in Belconnen in 2011. These park and rides, along with those on Flemington Road and the Cotter Road—Molonglo and north Weston—are excellent examples of transport planning initiatives in the ACT.

In relation to bike-and-ride facilities, a bike cage has been constructed at the Belconnen community station and another is under construction at the Kippax Centre. These facilities were recommended by a feasibility study conducted by the Environment and Planning Directorate in line with the government's transport for Canberra policy, which is aimed at improving transport options for all Canberrans. The patronage of bike cages by commuters depends on the season, but the government is pleased to see the facilities growing in popularity.


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