Page 1700 - Week 06 - Thursday, 3 June 2021

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MR STEEL: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. Yes, I can come back to the Assembly with some further detail about the traffic modelling, but the traffic modelling shows—consistent with the work that was done in the Woden town centre masterplan—that there is sufficient capacity on the existing road network, including on roads like Melrose Drive and Yamba Drive to enable people to go around the town centre, which would enable us to prioritise buses on Callam Street.

The Woden town centre masterplan provided the vision of an on-street bus interchange. That is exactly what we are going to deliver, together with the east-west pedestrian boulevard as part of the CIT Woden campus project and the new Woden transport interchange project. So we are getting on with those works. Those are based on work both that happened early in the masterplan process and which has now been confirmed with more up-to-date traffic modelling that has been undertaken in the development of this very important project for the regeneration of Woden town centre.

MR HANSON: I have a supplementary question. Has a qualified engineer provided a more detailed risk assessment of the proposed interchange?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. We have, of course, been undertaking a variety of detailed work on the development of the interchange and the design of the interchange, which has since gone into the independent planning authority for approval with all of the documentation attached. That went through a period of notification, and the planning authority is currently assessing the detailed information that has been provided in relation to package 2. Package 1, which was the bus layer of the package, has already been approved by the authority, and we are looking forward to hearing from the authority in relation to the second package.

MRS JONES: Minister, will you table the qualified engineer detailed risk assessment of the proposed interchange, which was made post the Jacobs and VLC reports?

MR STEEL: I will take that on notice.


DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, can you please outline how the upcoming ChooseCBR program will work, and how it will benefit Canberra businesses and consumers?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. Participating in the ChooseCBR program is a great way for small businesses in Canberra to attract new customers and to get their existing customers spending more. For consumers, ChooseCBR is a fantastic opportunity to explore and discover local Canberra businesses that they may not have purchased from before.

ChooseCBR is also a great way for Canberrans to reward their favourite local businesses, which have supported the entire community through the pandemic. The program is about encouraging Canberrans to ‘spend local’. It gives Canberrans digital vouchers which effectively double their buying power. For consumers, that means

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