Page 1953 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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The strategic network improvements included in this budget initiative will support the ACT government’s implementation of the proposed cycling network and walking maps which were released with the Active Travel Plan last year.

In addition to the strategic network improvements, the budget also includes $2.1 million to undertake studies and preliminary designs on other priority routes identified in the Active Travel Plan. This includes funding for feasibility and design initiatives for the rollout of pop-up cycleways, key cycling route connections and also priority crossings. This investment very specifically addresses key actions 3, 5 and 6 in the draft Active Travel Plan by renewing a community path network with increased maintenance funding and delivering priority missing cycle links using protected cycleways or offroad, shared or cycle path infrastructure.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what support is being given to support young Canberrans to walk and ride to school through the ACT budget?

MR STEEL: I thank Dr Paterson for her supplementary. We want cycling and walking opportunities to be available for people of all ages. It is an important part of enhancing the quality of life for people in our city, for young and old and everyone between. It is great for people’s health. We know that it helps to reduce congestion and is also a zero-emissions form of travel. This budget initiative includes $3 million of investment in active travel interventions which are specifically focused on helping students and also their parents in terms of walking and riding to school.

We are investing $2.4 million to improve the road and path network around our schools to make them easier and safer to use. This funding will be used to construct six new pedestrian crossings near Canberra High School in Macquarie, two raised pedestrian crossings near St Mary MacKillop College in Isabella Plains, and another raised pedestrian crossing near Gold Creek High School in Nicholls. It will also include funding for a feasibility study for a controlled pedestrian crossing on Canberra Avenue, near St Edmund’s and St Clare’s Colleges in Griffith, which has been the subject of a petition in the Assembly on a different intervention. It also includes an enhanced school crossing supervisor program.

In addition to the physical infrastructure, we are also funding education. Seven hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars will be invested in communication activities which will help to encourage the uptake of active travel by both school students and the broader community. It includes funding for the “Rethink your routine” campaign, the Ride or Walk to School program, and the It’s Your Move Safe Cycle program. This is a comprehensive active travel initiative that will help more students and parents to walk and cycle to school more often, as well as the broader community.

Mr Barr: At the risk of any further interjections, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answers to questions on notice

Question 1212

MS CASTLEY: Under standing order 118A, I request an explanation concerning some outstanding questions from three ministers. To start with, I ask about a question to the Treasurer, No 1212 on the Notice Paper.

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