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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2656..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

the trial, with the involvement of 800 staff, while the third is still under way and is encouraging over 6000 employees to consider walking, cycling or using public transport for some of their journeys.

Negotiations have already begun with the commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage for funding for a new TravelSmart program targeting school children and commuters to promote alternative transport modes among children, parents and commuters. Finally, our major national travel behaviour change project has commenced, which is targeting 11,000 ACT households, endeavouring to reduce vehicle travel by about 14 per cent, which is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 74,000 tonnes.

Time precludes me from going into any great detail about any of the initiatives I have described but, clearly, as members can see, the government and its agencies have undertaken an astonishing amount of work to implement the Canberra spatial plan and the sustainable transport plan in just two years. These excellent and award-winning documents have indeed set a clear strategic framework for guiding future growth and managing change within our city. The government will continue to commit to the implementation of the plans.

As I foreshadowed earlier, a biennial status report will be undertaken to monitor progress and a substantial review of the policy content of the plans will be undertaken five years after their introduction to ensure that the policy directions remain not only relevant but cutting edge. I commend the statement to the Assembly.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Children—care and protection

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Deputy Speaker, I think I said in my answer to Mrs Burke's question that there were 400 deaths a year in Canberra. I actually meant to say 400 deaths over a 10-year period. That information is contained in the review of ACT child deaths.

Further to that answer, the government takes Mrs Burke's behaviour on this matter very seriously. We should have censured her for this behaviour. I put her on notice that, if she engages in that sort of tactic again, the government will be moving a censure motion against her in the Assembly.

Planning—EpiCentre lease

MR CORBELL: Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to provide an answer to a question that you asked during question time on 23 August in relation to planning for the EpiCentre site. You asked why, if inquiries were being referred to the LDA prior to the lease and development conditions being issued, ACTPLA had a meeting to discuss the issue with Austexx on 4 October and why Austexx was not referred to the Land Development Agency. I indicated that I would take the question on notice. I have sought advice and I refer you, Mr Deputy Speaker, to my answer to both Mr Gentleman and Mr Stefaniak as the answer to that question.


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