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(5) One anonymous complaint against a member of the MPC executive has been received and the matter has been resolved.
(6) The Public Sector Standards Commissioner received one bullying complaint against a member of the current MPC Executive prior to their commencement in MPC.
(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office.)
Light rail—stages 3 and 4
(Question No 811)
Ms Clay asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 3 June 2022:
(1) What progress has been made on pre-feasibility studies for Light Rail Stages 3 and 4 since $250,000 was allocated over 2019-20 and 2020-21 in the mid-year budget.
(2) Was the aim of these investigations to examine the objectives and opportunities for future corridors, with a view to further defining strategic alignment and staging options for the east west link as well the further extension of the north south spine to Tuggeranong; if so, what (a) objectives and opportunities and (b) strategic alignments and staging options, were identified.
(3) Given that in mid-2020, Transport Canberra appointed a technical advisor to undertake these pre-feasibility investigations, the results of these preliminary technical investigations were expected to be finalised in late 2020-21, has this work been completed.
(4) Will details of proposed alignments or timelines for development of these stages of light rail be published.
Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The ACT Government is committed to delivering a modern, clean and efficient public transport system for Canberra. The current priority in relation to light rail is delivering Stage 2 to Woden, with planning, design and construction on key enabling projects like raising London Circuit and Stage 2A to be the focus of work in this term of the Assembly.
Based on the size of the ACT’s budget and competing infrastructure investment priorities in areas like health, education and community facilities, the ACT Government expects that roughly one stage of light rail will be delivered per decade in coming years.
In relation to the Member’s specific questions:
(1) Transport Canberra and City Services is committed to progressing future light rail planning, including pre-feasibility studies for stages three and four. Prioritisation of resources and ordering of commitments will mean that ‘Future Light Rail Network Plan’ refresh has been deferred to calendar year 2023. This work will update the light rail network plan, including by identifying high-level principles, values and opportunities for each network stage. Light rail stages three and four pre-feasibility will be completed and reported afterwards.