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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . .

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The Tuggeranong town centre draft variation 318, which gives effect to the Tuggeranong town centre outcomes, was tabled in the Assembly on 7 August and took effect on 3 October this year.

In Belconnen the master plan has achieved significant changes for the town centre. It identified the need for several road extensions, including the extension of Aikman Drive to Eastern Valley Way, Lathlain Street to Belconnen Way, and Lathlain Street to Benjamin Way. That 2001 Belconnen master plan recommended the relocation of the previous bus interchange, and we know the outcomes from that have been substantially improved.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call any more questioners, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of a visiting parliamentary committees group from various provincial parliaments and the national parliament in Pakistan. Welcome to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Members: Hear, hear!

Questions without notice

Disability services—parking permits

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister, representing the Attorney-General. Chief Minister, in December last year my colleague Mr Coe wrote to the Attorney-General suggesting a regular audit of the number of disability parking permits issued and the processes by which they are issued. This was prompted by frequent complaints from constituents about the misuse of permits, including concerns that the permits were being misused by able-bodied relatives and used to park all day in car parks which are time limited.

The Attorney-General advised in his response that his directorate was considering ways to mitigate the risk of permits being misused. Chief Minister, what changes has the Justice and Community Safety Directorate made to ensure that disability parking permits are not misused?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Wall for the question. I can advise that the Attorney-General, with the Office of Regulatory Services, will be bringing a number of submissions to cabinet within the next three weeks, specifically relating to all matters parking. I presume that the work that is being done around any misuse of disability parking arrangements forms part of that work.

I have asked for a parking cabinet to be held. It is going to have a look at a wide range of issues relating to parking across the territory, and I am happy to ask that the Attorney-General update the Assembly following that meeting.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

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