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signposted as such (40km/h, 60km/h, 80km/h, etc). Under this arrangement, the default speed limit of 50km/h applies to Bateman Street without the need for additional signage.

A traffic survey conducted on Bateman Street in November 2020, showed that motorists are traveling at an average speed of 49km/h and based on the seven-year period between 2014 and 2020, there were no reported crashes on Bateman Street.

As part of the urban default speed limit policy, TCCS does not support the individual installation of 50 km/h speed limit signage within urban areas on roads that come under the existing 50 km/h default urban speed limit.

More information about this policy can be found at

Given the information above, TCCS has no plans to install 50km/h speed limit signs on Bateman Street.

Motion to take note of petitions

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the responses so lodged be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Emergency services—acknowledging first responders

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.03): The following is a ministerial statement recognising our first responders. I rise today to extend my gratitude and admiration to those who have worked tirelessly across our government to prioritise the safety of our community, particularly the first responders within my portfolio as Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

There is no doubt that it has been a difficult time for the people of Canberra, as it has been for many people across Australia and across the world. In the last three years we have experienced some of the most extreme weather events in Australian history, combined with the added complexity of a global pandemic. I would like to take a moment to pause, reflect and commend the volunteers and staff across all directorates of the ACT government for their unwavering commitment in supporting the community through these difficult and ever-changing times. I would also like to extend a special mention to our corrective services staff, healthcare workers, teachers and carers for their astounding work and flexibility in working through the recent health crisis.

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