Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Monday, 15 August 2022) . . Page.. 2565 ..
(5) The residents of Baudinette Circuit and surrounding streets were notified in May 2022 of the upcoming commencement of construction. The City Services website has been regularly updated on the progression of the project.
(6) The works are exempt development under the Planning and Development Act 2007.
(7) Yes, TCCS did consider the removal of a lane on Battye Street to accommodate the bikeway. Refer to the response under question 9.
(8) Considerations for removing on-road parking or car lanes include numerous factors such as traffic volumes, parking demand and capacity, above and below ground services, existing pavements levels, existing site conditions, existing infrastructure (such as trees, paths, stormwater assets, streetlights), land ownership, cost, user amenity and the safety of pedestrian, cyclists and vehicle drivers.
(9) TCCS undertook a feasibility study that investigated options for the alignment of the bikeway along Battye Street. The current alignment of the bikeway was chosen through careful consideration to minimise the number of trees removed, accommodate the complex system of below and above ground services, manage grade/ level changes, retain streetlight and stormwater assets, and ensure the safety of cyclist and pedestrians, particularly during events when large volumes of traffic will be within a short distance of both cyclists and pedestrians.
When events are held at the AIS stadium or GIO stadium, Battye Street accommodates the entry and exit of very large volumes of traffic. Removal of traffic lanes along Battye Street was considered as an option. However, this was found to have a significant impact on access during events. A partial lane closure arrangement was also considered where the outside vehicle lane would be used for the bikeway outside of events and reopened for traffic during events. This option was not found to be feasible and did not achieve a safe and workable outcome for cyclists, pedestrians and road traffic. In addition, this option would limit the opportunity for active travel access to events.
The current stadium site may still be used for large events even with provision of a new stadium in the city. This is expected to create an ongoing need for clearance of large volumes of traffic at times.
Parks and conservation—campground host volunteer program
(Question No 851)
Ms Clay asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 10 June 2022:
(1) When was the campground host program suspended and for what reason.
(2) What is the annual cost of the campground host program.
(3) When will the campground host program be re-instated.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The campground host program was suspended in early 2021 due to concerns about the wellbeing and safety of volunteers working in remote locations.