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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3214 ..


(2) Does Draft Variation 342 propose to offset the loss of this community facility land elsewhere in the Town Centre; if so, how.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan recommended rezoning Block 41, Section 54 from Community Facility to commercial CZ2 Business zone as it is consistent with the zoning of adjoining blocks. The Draft Variation, 342 is consistent with the agreed policy in the master plan.

(2) The Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan determined there was sufficient Community Facility zoned (CFZ) land in the Town Centre, including Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC, skate park, library, arts centre, community centre, basketball stadium etc). Several of these are located on land zoned other than CFZ (e.g. CZ3 basketball, CZ2 health centre). The relocation of the library and community centre from Chandler Street to a more visible location on Lathlain Street was supported and documented in the master planning process.

ACTION bus service—drivers (Question No 1515)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 8 June 2018 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Transport and City Services):

(1) Are ACTION bus drivers given specific training or education regarding driving safely around vulnerable road users.

(2) Are ACTION bus drivers given specific training or education regarding the rules relating to the minimum passing distance for bicycle riders.

(3) How many complaints has the ACT Government received relating to bus driver behaviour/attitudes towards bicycle riders, in each of the last five years.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Transport Canberra has a strong emphasis and commitment to safe driving practices. Upon commencement as a (trainee) Bus Driver, trainees are educated and trained on Transport Canberra's expectations and policies including (but not limited to) safe road craft and how to safely share the road with all road users. Trainees are also given a copy of the 'Sharing the Road' brochure developed by the ACT Government which details driver and cyclist obligations. Information on cyclist safety, including the safe passing distance, is also included in the (Transport Canberra) Bus Driver Handbook, which is given to all Transport Canberra bus drivers and is a common and regular point of reference for policies throughout their employment. In addition, Driver Continuity Training (for existing drivers) is run on a continual basis whereby the above information is again provided and reiterated as well as updates on road rule changes; coupled with an on-road assessment to ensure their adherence to the Bus Driver Handbook and associated policies.

(2) Yes. See response to (1).


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