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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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modern and livable city. Transport Canberra will be responsible for integrating buses with the light rail, ensuring a single ticketing system, a central contact for information and coordinated timetabling.

Other improvements responding to the Auditor-General's recommendations include improving the data collection, monitoring and reporting of the frequent network and improvements to the transport report card.

Since the introduction of transport for Canberra in 2012, the government's strategic land use plans and projects have incorporated consideration of the frequent network. The government will progress its work on a territory plan variation and with the National Capital Authority on amending the national capital plan to embed the frequent network into these plans.

The government's significant investment in transport infrastructure is informed by comprehensive, project-specific business cases and cost-benefit analyses which require significant government funding and resources. A revised cost-benefit analysis for the ACT strategic public transport network is not currently required, as future transport budget initiatives will be supported by specific business cases.

The ACT government will continue to successfully deliver the frequent network. I take this opportunity to thank the office of the Auditor-General for its comprehensive audit and recommendations.

Public education—Gungahlin

Paper and statement by minister

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo—Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services and Assistant Minister for Health: For the information of members I present the following paper:

Petition—out of order

Petition which does not conform to the standing orders—Public education—Gungahlin region (628 signatures).

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

Leave granted.

MS FITZHARRIS: This out-of-order petition presented by the Franklin Early Childhood School community supporting public education in the Gungahlin region, and Franklin in particular, relates to land use around their beloved school. I would like to acknowledge the work of members of the Franklin parents and citizens association—in particular, Amy Thomas, Brian Moore and Andrea Wild—as well as others in the school community, including Carmen Campbell, Brad Kane and Bree Cook, with whom I have been working closely over the past four or five months to come up with a solution that works for existing and new residents in Franklin. Ultimately, this is a good-news story. It is what I believe to be a wonderful example of grassroots activism and community consultation working for the best interests of our community.


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