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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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MS FITZHARRIS: I will take it on notice. My recollection of that incident is that it was removed but subsequently returned. But I will take the question on notice, and if the answer is different I will provide it to the Assembly.

MS LAWDER: Minister, was the dog treated by a veterinary surgeon for its injuries?

MS FITZHARRIS: I believe it was. Again, I will take the specifics on notice.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, when was the dog returned by DAS officers to the premises?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice as well.

Light rail—stage 1 construction

MR PETTERSSON: My question is also to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can the minister please provide an update on construction of light rail stage 1?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. I am delighted to provide an update on light rail stage 1. Light rail, as we know, is the backbone of a long-term transport vision for our city. Last week saw the project reach several important milestones, including, firstly, the launch of the light rail safety campaign; secondly, the first trees planted on the median strip of Northbourne Avenue—and I was particularly delighted to see the first trees ever planted along the median strip of Flemington Road this morning; and, thirdly, the arrival of the second light rail vehicle in Canberra. The entire fleet of 14 vehicles will be delivered over the next few months.

Last Friday I was very pleased to see the first five-metre tall eucalyptus mannifera planted along the median strip in Northbourne Avenue. More than 1,000 trees and one million plants are to be placed along the route, creating an entrance to our city of which we can all be proud.

Construction works have also rapidly progressed along Hibberson Street in the Gungahlin town centre and, following consultation with local businesses, works in the area have been recently intensified to minimise the ongoing impact of construction on traders, local shoppers and residents. Substantial progress has been made on the Hibberson Street terminus, with the canopy being installed just a few weeks ago and kerb and gutter works progressing well.

I am also pleased to report that 13,900 metres of track slab is now laid, which equates to over 55 per cent of the total route. The installation of steelwork columns and canopies at the Nullarbor Avenue, Manning Clarke Crescent and Mapleton Avenue light rail stops are also now complete. It is an exciting project that is coming ever closer to reality.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what are the upcoming major project milestones?

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