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and the operator of the village. A copy of the Resolution can be found in Notice Paper 75 at the following link: https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/parliamentary-business/in-thechamber/chamber-documents.

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring access to justice for all members of the community, and to investigating the issues and concerns raised in both the Petition and the Assembly Resolution. An informed and considered response to the retirement villages ombudsman proposal will be provided through the Assembly Resolution process. The Assembly Resolution requires that this response is provided by the final sitting day in September.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Roads—Harrison—petition 41-22

By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 9 June 2023, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Braddock on 21 March 2023, concerning road safety on Nullarbor Avenue in Harrison.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter regarding petition 41-22, lodged by Mr Andrew Braddock MLA, about road safety on Nullarbor Avenue in Harrison.

The determination of speed limits in the ACT is based on the classification of roads through a formal road hierarchy. This classification fundamentally relates to the predominant function of a road and to the extent it serves the two basic purposes of the road network – the movement of traffic and access to property.

Nullarbor Avenue has been designed and constructed as a major collector road with a desirable environmental capacity of 6,000 vehicles per day. Its predominant function is to provide a principal link between the arterial road network (Flemington Road and Well Station Drive) and the lower order residential streets within the suburb, as well as provide access to properties. The 60km/h speed limit is therefore an appropriate reflection of the functional requirements of this road. A 40km/h school zone and pedestrian crossing have been provided in the vicinity of the school and the playing fields to further provide a safe environment for pedestrians as well as other road users.

Notwithstanding the above, Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) has investigated the concerns raised regarding travelling volumes and speeds on Nullarbor Avenue. The most recent traffic surveys indicate the road carries approximately 2,742 vehicles per day travelling at an average speed of around 53 km/h in the vicinity of the residences near Well Station Drive, and 3,891 vehicles per day travelling at an average speed of around 46 km/h in the vicinity of the Harrison playing fields. These speeds are well within acceptable limits for the road environment.

The situation in Harrison raises broader issues about the designation of roads and safety standards across the road hierarchy in the ACT. The issue of road safety and safe speeds on certain collector roads that include adjacent facilities such as schools will be considered as part of the development of the next Road Safety Action Plan.


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