Page 3614 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 November 2022

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We are certainly committed to this project and to delivering it down to Woden. But it appears that, every step of the way, the Canberra Liberals do not support this project. It is the same old Canberra Liberals. They have never supported light rail and they never will.

Orroral Valley—campground

MR PARTON: My question is to the minister for transport. Minister, Orroral campground has been closed for nearly three years, with no end in sight to that closure. It was closed before the helicopter bushfire incident, before La Nina and the rain activity, and before COVID could be blamed. A simple fix was required then and a simple fix is required now. The government just needs to fix the existing bridge. Minister, is it true that the ACT government has not made this simple fix for nearly three years, simply because it is not a priority for this government?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will respond, Madam Speaker. The Orroral campground sits in my portfolio. It has been a campground that has been well used by Canberrans over many years. As Mr Parton indicated, there have been issues with getting into it.
We want to make sure that the other access roads into Namadgi and the campgrounds are safe for Canberrans. We are going through a process of repair of those entry roads into the nature park, to ensure the safety of Canberrans. I will get a time line for Mr Parton on when we will see that bridge repair completed. We have done a lot of work on the entry roads into the lower part of Namadgi National Park. Unfortunately, due to weather incidents—the rain, in particular—we have had some extra washouts as well. I will come back with a time line.

MR PARTON: Minister, how is it possible for the largest campground in Namadgi National Park to be closed for nearly three years, because the ACT government will not fix that bridge?

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said, we will be fixing the bridge, but we want to make sure that it is safe for Canberrans and those people that attend the campground. At the moment, right across our park, it is unsafe for a number of people to enter because of the severe rain that we have had. But we will provide some time lines for Mr Parton.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will the Orroral Valley bridge be fixed before or after the tram arrives in Woden?

MR GENTLEMAN: As soon as we can.


MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, how is the ACT government delivering critical road infrastructure for a growing city?

Opposition members interjecting—

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