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more data and getting more information to people. We are getting on with building the major infrastructure projects that our city needs for its future to become more efficient and sustainable. We will do that through a data-driven process to support people as we build those projects.
MS LAWDER: I have a supplementary question. Minister, what genuinely effective and practical measures will you take to relieve the congestion that will be created?
MR STEEL: I refer the member to all of the announcements that I have made thus far. There are more to come. There will be more park and ride spaces—like the new park and ride that is being constructed as we speak at the Mawson Beasley Street carpark and the new expanded park and ride at Weston—and the new intelligent transport system that provides better data and communication to people to make sure that they can efficiently move around our network. We have done work on a design, which is currently with the National Capital Authority for approval. Following approval we look forward to constructing the signalisation of the Coranderrk Street roundabout—a major bottleneck in our traffic network even prior to these major infrastructure projects.
The signalisation of Vernon Circle will mean that we can provide bus priority so that they can get onto Constitution Avenue and into the intercity interchange during the disruption period. Of course, we are looking at further measures that we can take, and once we have a delivery partner on board, particularly for the raising London Circuit project, we can mitigate the worst of the disruption—once we know what the construction project looks like. The disruption task force has not finished its work. It is continuing to look at a range of different measures to mitigate this disruption because we are taking a proactive approach to this issue well ahead of construction starting.
ACT Policing—police services model
DR PATERSON: My question is to the minister for policing. Minister, how is the new police services model helping to keep Canberrans safe?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson for her interest in keeping our community safe. The ACT government is continuing to deliver on our $33.9 million commitment to the new police services model, helping ACT Policing to serve the Canberra community even better into the future, as our city continues to grow.
The new model is focused on crime prevention, with the aim of freeing up our police officers to deliver a more connected, dynamic and community-focused service. Our investment is enabling ACT Policing to focus more efforts on education, disruption, prevention, diversion, community engagement and problem solving activities.
With the addition of our new proactive policing teams, we now have more police officers engaging with the community to pre-emptively identify and prevent crime. Instead of reacting to crime as it occurs, the new service model is enabling our officers to address known crime risks before they can cause harm to our community. It is also empowering our officers to address issues that cause repeated calls for