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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . .

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Last year eight school leaders completed the strong smarter leadership program in Queensland; a further nine completed the program through the University of Canberra partnership in October last year and seven more in February this year.

Between June 2012 and September 2014 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff numbers within the directorate grew from 40 to 65, an increase of 62 per cent. A significant increase in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff was in teaching staff, including school teachers.

The commitment of this government to improving education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students remains strong, focused and optimistic for the future. It is supported by the signing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement for 2015-18, which commits the ACT to increase our year 12 student completion rates. This report shows that we are on track for more success, but there is always more to do for this community. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 5—Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users—Recommendation 25—Cycle Separation Trial Report 2015.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: Today I table the results of the cycling separation trial which was conducted by TAMS at five sites in Canberra over a 12-month period. The cycling separation trial was undertaken to determine if an increase in safety was achieved by the use of some form of separation device in locations where on-road cycle lanes run adjacent to busy traffic lanes. The hope was to achieve improved driver awareness of the adjacent cycle lane and reduce the likelihood of vehicles entering the bike lane.

Recommendation 25 from the inquiry into vulnerable road users was that the government table the evaluation of the road separators trial. I am happy to be able to do that today.

The goal is to improve safety for cyclists and in doing so to also increase the opportunities for people to cycle in their everyday travels around the city. It is important to acknowledge that for every person who chooses to ride a bike or walk as


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