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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 1705..


Further to the response to question on notice No 868, has the consultant's report on safety of the low level crossing at the Oaks Estate been submitted to Roads ACT as was anticipated to happen before the end of March; if not, why not and when will the report be submitted; if so, what were the findings and recommendations in the report.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The safety assessment on Oaks Estate Road in the vicinity of the low level crossing has now been completed. The recommendations of the report are to:

(a) Erect curve warning signs at the three curves along the road.

(b) Erect guideposts.

(c) Repaint edge lines and replace missing or defective reflective pavement markers.

(d) Install a safety barrier on the outside shoulder of the final right bend onto the low level crossing.

Roads—rule changes

(Question No 1038)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 30 March 2006:

(1) Further to the response to question on notice No 869, why did it take the Government one month after the National Transport Commission (NTC) posted proposed changes to Australian Road Rules to then relay this information to local key stakeholders and why was this information not relayed sooner;

(2) Why did it take the Department of Urban Services a month and a half before it updated its Road Transport website explaining the background to the proposed Australian Road Rule amendments and provide a link to the NTC website and why was this information not detailed on the website sooner;

(3) Why did it take the Department of Urban Services almost two months to issue a press statement on this issue seeking public comment on changes to National Road Rules, giving those who wished to make comment only three days to submit their comments and why was this information not relayed to the public much sooner to enable the public more time to comment.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The answer to question 869 fully answered this question. In addition, it is open to local stakeholders to monitor the National Transport Commission website.

(2) When the NTC posted the four documents on its website on 9 December 2005, it did not advise jurisdictions by email or by a phone call that the NTC website includes a facility for members of the public to submit on-line comments on the proposed changes to the ARR directly to the NTC, with the option of having their comments displayed on the NTC's website.


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