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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Petition

Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services, dated 1 July 2016, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Dunne on 4 May 2016 concerning public transport services on Burkitt Street, Page.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Page bus services—petition No 2-16

The response read as follows:

I understand the concerns that you have raised and agree that public transport is important for many Canberrans who may have no other means of transport. This is particularly true of older citizens who rely on public transport for accessing health services and facilities. I am advised that the services in Burkitt Street were removed following a review of the bus network. The review found that there was low patronage of the services in the area.

From June 2011 to August 2014 (the last week of Network 12) the daily average boardings at Burkitt Street bus stops were 4.2.

The ACT Government has introduced a free Flexible Bus Service, which may be an alternative option for the elderly or people with disabilities wishing to catch buses. This service exists to provide assistance to people with physical limitations in accessing regular public transport services.

In the inner Belconnen area, which includes Page, passengers can contact the Community Transport Coordination Centre on (02) 6205 3555 and access services to Belconnen Mall, Jamison Centre and Calvary Hospital or other areas within this zone as the service is flexible by nature. Passengers can elect to be picked up from their residence or from their nearest bus stop.

At this stage there are no plans to re-establish bus services along Burkitt Street, Page. The combination of Community Transport and minibus transport provided by individual retirement villages is catering for passengers who are unable to walk to a nearby bus stop.

Select committees

Membership

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 223, I advise members that the Acting Opposition Whip wrote to the Acting Speaker advising of proposed changes to the membership of certain committees. The Acting Speaker agreed to the following changes on 15 July 2016:


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