Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (12 August) . .
This is a project that has system-wide benefits. It has benefits in terms of reduced road congestion and improved travel time, not just for public transit users but for motorists, because if you reduce or contain congestion, you maintain or improve travel time on the corridor. And that benefits everyone, not just the public transport user.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Minister, if the one per cent figure is incorrect, how many additional Canberrans will use public transport or light rail along that transport corridor?
MR CORBELL: Those figures have already been released by the government.
MR DOSZPOT: Question without notice.
MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I would like to hear Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, the SMEC Canberra brickworks and environs options and evaluation report update from December 2013 states: "the construction of the Cotter Road-Adelaide Avenue interchange should be considered to be necessary to support the viability of the Canberra Brickworks and Environs development". However, the Canberra Times reported on 12 June this year that the interchange had been removed from the plans for redevelopment. Minister, what involvement have you or your directorate had in the decision to remove the interchange from the plans?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Doszpot for his inquiry. In regard to the Canberra brickworks, I have not had a lot to do with the plans as such; it has not come to me as a development application—or to the directorate.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why has the government decided not to build the Cotter Road-Adelaide Avenue interchange given that it would dramatically improve traffic infrastructure in Woden and the inner south and was considered vital to the success of the brickworks development?
MR BARR: Madam Speaker, responsibility for the project sits with me as Minister for Economic Development.
Mr Coe: The question was about what involvement.
Mr Smyth: It was about his involvement.
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