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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . .

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responding to these challenges, the government released two policy documents, transport for Canberra and the ACT planning strategy, which continue to deliver on the specific challenges that Canberra confronts.

These important policies plan for more compact development around centres where residential, commercial, retail and recreational land uses mix together sensitively. They also deliver enhanced pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure, connecting suburbs to each other and the centres. They also prioritise development along, and adjacent to, major transport corridors that connect the town centres.

Canberra's transport system needs to build upon our well-planned urban structure. Canberra's town centre nodes and well-developed arterial road network provide a solid base for expansion of the public transport corridors detailed in transport for Canberra. Transport for Canberra establishes a frequent network of rapid corridors and frequent local lines with fast, frequent public transport that guides land use planning and investments. The rapid corridors will be adopted into the territory plan as part of the new ACT planning strategy. Also, in active communities where walking and cycling are the easy choice for local trips, public transport options will be supported by park and ride and bike and ride facilities for quick cross-city travel, and ring road options for car and freight traffic that integrate with central corridors designed for public transport.

We can see that a growing number of people are choosing sustainable transport to travel to work, with growth in sustainable transport use at a faster rate than population growth. Since 2012 we have made significant progress in integrating transport with land use planning, with an increase in the number of people who live within 750 metres, or a 10-minute walk, of a public transport corridor where they can catch a rapid bus. This has increased from 14.5 per cent prior to the introduction of transport for Canberra to 23.7 per cent following increases in rapid services with the introduction of the red rapid service between Gungahlin and the city and Fyshwick via Russell and Barton, and extension of the blue rapid from Tuggeranong to Kippax, via Woden, the city and Belconnen.

In closing, Mr Assistant Speaker, the transformation of the inner suburbs around Canberra city has seen the number of people walking to work also increase. So I think that we are delivering on our goals for sustainable transport and for active transport across the city.

Discussion concluded.

Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro: For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act, pursuant to subsection 55(3)—Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme Review—Final report, prepared for the ACT Government by Jacobs, dated 13 August 2014.

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