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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (7 April) . .

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The Transport Canberra agency will come into the new directorate on 1 July to prepare our city for the next phase of Canberra's public transport journey, alongside our other city services. This means our bus and light rail operations, our road network and our walking and riding infrastructure will all be under one directorate with one director-general. Transport Canberra's key deliverable is one network, one ticket, one fare and it will oversee the delivery of a truly integrated transport network coordinating buses and light rail and integrating them with taxis, cycling and walking and other, innovative, transport options.

Integrating our transport network means making sure that our bus stops are designed to deliver passengers as close to light rail as possible, with bus and light rail stops that are easy and pleasant to use, as we see in successful cities around the world. It also means timetabling that will ensure connections between buses and light rail are seamless and it will make sure that our transport ticketing system is high tech and user friendly across buses, light rail and our active travel infrastructure.

This is an exciting opportunity for Canberra, and an integrated transport network will prepare our city for a future population of 500,000 people. Improving public transport will help sustainably manage our growth so that congestion won't hamper productivity or erode livability. Canberrans need a modern and innovative transport system that can meet the requirements of our growing, changing city. I am proud to be part of a government that is delivering this.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what changes to the corporate areas of TAMS and Capital Metro will be required in order to facilitate the new agency, and will there be any redundancies?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Coe for his supplementary. No, there will not be any job losses. Certainly, with respect to the transition period from now until 1 July 2016, when the new directorate of transport Canberra and city services is to be established, there will be a phase of organisational structure design, and staff will be kept informed of that and engaged along the way.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Trade unions—memorandum of understanding

DR BOURKE: In relation to Mr Wall's question to me earlier, as Minister for Small Business and the Arts, I have received a representation from the Canberra Business Chamber. Also I referred to a hearing of the estimates committee. It was actually a public accounts committee hearing.

Sport—ground maintenance

MS BERRY: In response to a question from Mr Doszpot yesterday about sportsground closures, sportsground closures do occur twice a year to allow for the

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