Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 December 2022) . . Page.. 4137 ..
MR STEEL: I refer Mrs Kikkert and Mr Cain to the Hansard, where I outlined the work that Transport Canberra is doing this week to look at the provision of some long-stay car parking on section 89, Holt.
Parking—Rowland Rees Crescent
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, I have written to you previously regarding parking along Rowland Rees Crescent in Greenway. Residents have told me that they have trouble getting in and out of their own street, and driveways in Avani Terraces, because of cars parked along both sides of the narrow road each day. In one instance, a car turning into Rowland Rees Crescent from Athllon Drive saw a car coming towards them, trying to leave Rowland Rees Crescent. The first car reversed out onto Athllon Drive so that the second car could get out. The first car then got hit by a car driving along Athllon Drive. In another recent instance, a garbage truck trying to drive along Rowland Rees Crescent took the side mirrors off two cars parked there, because of the lack of room to move. I am told that the garbage truck, in a separate incident on a different day, also mounted a nearby kerb and hit a tree. Residents are also concerned about access for emergency vehicles, should an emergency arise. Minister, why haven’t you taken any action yet on the parking issues in Rowland Rees Crescent in Greenway?
MR STEEL: I am happy to look at those matters again. When those roads were built they were built to municipal infrastructure standards, which reflect Australian standards for road construction. I am happy to look at that particular matter and also to look at whether parking enforcement might be part of the solution there. I am not aware of the specific incidents that Ms Lawder is referring to. I am happy to look into that and come back to the Assembly.
MS LAWDER: Minister, what options for traffic measures can you put in place on Rowland Rees Crescent, and when might that happen?
MR STEEL: I am happy to have a look at that and see whether the road environment is a factor. It is not the only factor when we have issues on our roads. Driver behaviour is another factor that we will need to have a look at. There are things that we can do there. It may be that enforcement is a potential option. It is also incumbent on people to do the right thing and drive and park safely on streets around Canberra to reduce risk to other people.
MR PARTON: Minister, what do you say to the residents of Avani Terraces who are concerned that emergency vehicles will not be able to reach their residences in a time of emergency?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. As I said, we will have a look at that particular issue and see whether that is a concern and a risk that can be addressed. We will look at what potential options could be implemented on that particular street.
MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, what is the ACT government doing to improve road safety in Canberra?