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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . .

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drivers reacting reasonable to the road layout. Drivers committing intentional and deliberate 'hooning' type driving behaviour often see traffic calming measures as an added challenge, even when a multitude of closely-spaced devices are installed.

A consideration of the factors above in respect of Preddey Way, Clare Dennis Avenue and Lewis Luxton Avenue, indicates they are performing better than similar roads in the ACT. Accordingly, I am advised Roads ACT has no immediate plans to implement additional traffic calming measures on Preddey Way, Clare Dennis Avenue or Lewis Luxton Avenue. Roads ACT will however, continue to monitor the roads for any significant deterioration in traffic conditions and take action if warranted.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Dangerous dogs—petition 24-17

By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 31 January 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Doszpot on 28 November 2017 concerning dangerous dogs legislation.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 28 November 2017 regarding petition No 24-17 lodged by the late Mr Steve Doszpot MLA, regarding the ineffective management of dangerous dogs and dog attacks.

On 29 November 2017, amendments to the Domestic Animals Act 2000 were passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly and came into effect on 14 December 2017. These amendments provide increased enforcement powers, giving authorised officers the ability to take action in regard to nuisance, harassing or dangerous dogs in a greater range of circumstances, particularly where the dog poses a potential or actual threat to public safety. They also include increased fines and penalties, with new offences for provoking a dog to attack and for not having effective control of a dog in a public place, on or off a leash. The amendments impose greater restrictions on keepers of dangerous dogs, with public safety being the paramount consideration.

These provisions enable firm and prompt action on dog management, improving the ability for Domestic Animal Services (DAS) to take effective compliance action. In addition, an additional eight rangers are being recruited to DAS, which will significantly increase the resources available to respond to incidents and take a proactive approach to compliance and education of pet owners.

The amended legislation underpins the Government's ongoing commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership as the cornerstone of our approach to ensuring that dogs in the ACT are properly managed to ensure public safety.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust the information provided is of assistance.


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