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(1) How does the Minister’s directorate determine if infrastructure is required to control speeding on a street.

(2) How does the directorate determine if speed limits need changing on a street to reduce speeding.

(3) Has the Minister’s office or directorate received any complaints or feedback about Bettong Avenue, Throsby; if so, what action has been taken by the Minister’s office or directorate; if not, would the Minister consider lowering the speed limit or installing infrastructure to stop speeding in this area.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Roads ACT considers traffic volume, speed data, the seven-year crash history of the road and the percentage of heavy vehicles using the route to determine if traffic calming infrastructure is required. ln addition, a preliminary investigation takes into account surrounding land use such as the presence of shops or schools. The results are compared with other similar streets across Canberra to determine the priority for detailed investigation.

(2) Roads ACT does not determine if speed limits need changing to reduce speeding. Speeding and other anti-social driving behaviour ('hoon' behaviour) are best addressed by enforcement by ACT Policing. Such behaviour should be reported to ACT Policing on 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

(3) Roads ACT has received community feedback about speeding on Bettong Avenue together with requests to reduce the speed limit in the area. The road was inspected on three separate occasions. Visibility and pedestrian movements were observed with no major issues identified. Speed surveys and crash history do not indicate a major safety issue, with average travel speeds of 47.4km/h and no injury crashes in the last seven years. A speed limit reduction to 40km/h was implemented around the local school earlier this year. No further speed limit reductions or traffic calming are planned for Bettong Avenue at this time.

Health—elective surgery cancellations
(Question No 780)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 May 2022:

(1) How many elective surgeries in our public hospitals booked for a certain day do not happen on that day and can the Minister provide numbers for the last five years for each hospital.

(2) When do those elective surgeries happen and can the Minister provide figures about if those surgeries go ahead the next day, after two days, etc.

(3) How many elective surgeries, on average, are booked each day and can the Minister provide the figures for each public hospital.

(4) Are all patients told to return the next day if elective surgery is cancelled and can the Minister explain the process including who is asked to return the next day and, if not, are the other patients who miss out given another day for their elective surgery.

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