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Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petitions, having more than 500 signatories, were referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services.
Motion to take note of petitions
MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:
That the petitions and responses so lodged be noted.
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (10.03): I would like to speak briefly about the two petitions sponsored by my colleague Rebecca Vassarotti, one of the Greens members for Kurrajong. I know Rebecca is very pleased to bring these to the Assembly. I am really pleased to see them too. We are hearing more and more concern and interest from Canberrans about encouraging active transport and making sure that we have really safe streets for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.
It is really, really great to see these voices coming to the Assembly, to give us a chance to think about these. I know we have done some really great work here about increasing our slower speed zones, getting more slower streets around Canberra and really reforming our built environment to make sure that we are encouraging children to ride to school. We are making sure that older people can walk around on our footpaths and that we are keeping those repaired, and just making sure that we have a really, really good environment that suits our people and encourages active transport.
It is great to see these petitions. I have actually met with many of these petitioners and I understand the concerns. I think it is really good for us. Sometimes, simply when people want better crossings, that alone might be a really good reason; that alone might encourage them to walk and ride to places they would not otherwise do. So it is great that we see this democratic process in play. I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes.
MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (10.04): I thank Timothy DeWan and the over 600 residents who have signed this petition, in addition to the over 100 people who responded when I put up this issue on my website. I also thank Timothy for his time, passion and advocacy in addressing the problematic intersection, highlighted by his five-minute video, released last year, titled 10 Seconds More. The video gives vivid clarity to the serious safety issues that local residents in Red Hill have been raising concerns about for years. The petition points out the glaring fact that the intersection at La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent is dangerous and no longer fit for purpose. It was designed and built at a time when the focus was on driving and less on pedestrians and active travel.