Page 698 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 5 April 2022

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The e-petition was signed by 205 community members, with signatories noting that, with various schools and shops in the area, the government must ensure, for the safety of the community, that those driving in the area are doing so in accordance with speed limits and the law. The petitioners request the ACT government to undertake a traffic study, investigate signage, take any necessary action and provide feedback to the Kambah community.

From drivers to pedestrians to cyclists, no matter how we all choose to use the roads, road safety is of great importance. The Road Transport Legislation Amendment Act passed in this Assembly during the last sitting period is testament to this. With the various local shops, schools, businesses and residents in the area of Kambah, appropriate traffic measures are needed to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the community.

Road conditions and traffic calming measures have a significant impact on the safety and lifestyle of the Canberra community. Having the right measures in place supports the use of public transport and active travel, priorities of this government, including in its ambitions to cut net emissions to zero by 2045. Signage and road markings also play a vital role in achieving intended driver behaviour outcomes and, in turn, safety. By making sure that the necessary signage, road markings, features and structure of the roads reflect the design and safety intent, we make a significant contribution to all those who use the road network.

I note and support the ACT government’s commitment to Vision Zero. Vision Zero acknowledges that injuries and deaths on our roads, particularly those of vulnerable road users, are avoidable and preventable. Vision Zero means no deaths or injuries on Canberra roads. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility—the government, the community and individuals. By ensuring that the road restrictions and conditions are well suited and adhered to, the ACT government is bringing Canberra closer to vision zero.

I commend the ACT government on its continued commitment to the safety, maintenance and upkeep of Canberra’s roads to ensure that they are safe and that lifestyle choices, including those who use public transport and active travel, are promoted and facilitated, and that the ACT is well on its way towards vision zero. I also encourage anyone who sees antisocial driving behaviour to report it to Crime Stoppers if you witness the act, or to ACT Policing.

I am pleased to have sponsored this petition on behalf of 206 community members about a traffic study in Kambah. I appreciate and thank everyone who took the time to sign the petition. I look forward to the minister’s response and thank him in advance for his consideration and his constant commitment to achieve positive road safety outcomes for Murrumbidgee and the Canberra community.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Nomination of Assistant Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to the provisions of standing order 8, I have nominated Ms Orr to act as an Assistant Speaker. I present the following paper:

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