Page 2948 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 12 October 2022

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Canberra with this form of transport that has been incredibly successful in encouraging more people to shift to using public transport.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I am having trouble hearing people from the back either ask a question or answer.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how is the ACT government keeping Canberrans informed about upcoming construction work and the associated traffic impacts of the light rail project?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. As can be expected with any major infrastructure project, construction work will result in some traffic impacts and disruptions. It is important that we get on and build these future-focused transport infrastructure investments, but they do come with some disruptions in the short to medium term. We have planned ahead. We have been undertaking significant preparation to help minimise disruption for Canberrans by improving our traffic monitoring capability to effectively respond to incidents on the traffic network that may cause congestion and also to provide real-time communication to road users.

We have expanded the e-scooter share scheme to provide more mobility options to Canberrans. We have installed a new park and ride at Mawson oval. We are undertaking a range of path improvements near the city, in preparation for this, as well as the interventions that we have made to install new traffic lights at Vernon Circle. Work is underway as well off Coranderrk Street, on Parkes Way.

Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption throughout construction, including maintaining traffic lanes where possible, there is no doubt that this project is going to change how Canberrans move around the city. We were up-front about that early, from the beginning. As such, we are encouraging the community to rethink their travel behaviour and consider how they travel into the city as construction work increases in various phases of the program.

Canberrans will be kept informed of upcoming construction work and associated travel impacts ahead of time, throughout construction, through a range of different channels. It will often be on a daily or multiple daily basis. This will include various message signs on our roads. It will include social media, live radio updates, information on the Built for CBR website and regular email updates. I encourage everyone in the broader Canberra community to log on to

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Milligan, if your colleagues remained silent, you could have the call.

Gungahlin—community facilities

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I have constituents and other community groups coming to me and asking when your

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