Page 824 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 6 April 2022

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rethink their routes and rethink their routine when it comes to travelling to and from the city.

This could be by travelling at a different time, using a different route or jumping onto public transport. We are supporting Canberrans to make these choices through investment in infrastructure, education and awareness raising. We are investing in more intelligent transport systems and monitoring technology like Bluetooth censors and intersection cameras which allow us to surveil traffic flows and provide up-to-date information to Canberrans planning their journeys, and en route in a vehicle. We can make tactical interventions to help keep Canberrans moving.

We are about to open new Park and Rides at Mawson to make it easier for southsiders to connect to public transport and we will also soon commence installation of traffic lights on the Parkes Way roundabout at Coranderrk Street to help improve the traffic flow in and around the city during the construction. We will be announcing further disruption initiatives as we lead into the start of construction over the coming months, and we will also be communicating early and often.

Ms Orr: I have a point of order. It is on noise, again. It is very hard to hear the minister because they are directing their comments to you. When Mr Hanson and other members interject quite loudly it is very difficult for us to hear the response to the question.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I ask that members contain themselves.

MR STEEL: We will be communicating early and often with Canberrans about what is coming up so that they can plan the routes and routines that are going to work for them during the construction of this important project.

Housing ACT—inspections

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, on 29 March it was reported that a mother was charged with neglecting her children while staying in a filthy Housing ACT home. The property was described by one person as “the worst house of squalor ever”. Someone else recalls “gagging due to the smell of rotten food and faeces” when they entered the home. The same person claims to have been traumatised by the mess and described it as a couple of years worth of accumulation of filth, with some rooms filled with piles of mess so high he could not access them. But according to Housing ACT the first signs of squalor emerged last September, when it was observed from outside the property that the curtains were completely black with mould. Minister, how did a couple of years worth of accumulated filth and literally floor to ceiling mess go unnoticed by your department?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what responsibility do you bear for the children that you allowed to remain in this cesspool of a house for so long without it being detected?

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