Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 February 2010) . . Page.. 604 ..
issues with Roads ACT, and we do seek wherever we can to consider this issue, particularly in relation to pavement upgrades. I do not know whether you have recently ridden, Ms Le Couteur, down to the Cotter, but the Cotter Road from Weston to Camp Cottermouth has recently had a significant pavement upgrade. We did not go to the extent of providing an on-road cyclepath all the way to the Cotter in a traditional sense, but I did, in discussions at the outset with Roads ACT, ensure that we not just enhanced the pavement but widened the verges.
I think you will find at your next meeting with Pedal Power that the attention that has been given just on that roadway to the needs of cyclists is something that is significantly appreciated. It is not a formal bike way, but those cyclists who ride regularly to the Cotter are responding to me in relation to the enormous improvement in road quality and cyclist amenity on roads such as the Cotter.
MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Does the Chief Minister recall, in the lead-up to the 2001 election, that in fact the Greens’ position was to support a cyclepath between Dickson and Woden, as articulated by the current Speaker, Mr Rattenbury, at the Hellenic Club? It was also supported by the Labor Party but it was opposed, in fact, by the then Minister for Urban Services, Mr Brendan Smyth.
MR STANHOPE: Thank you for the short history lesson. These things are relevant; this context is relevant in relation to support for this community.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, I have been advised that the question is out of order.
MR STANHOPE: Well, that is a party-pooper sort of response.
MR SPEAKER: You cannot be asked about the Greens’ policy. That is the advice I am given, and, as you might imagine, I sought advice on it.
MR STANHOPE: I was asked whether I recalled it; I was not asked to respond to it.
Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, the question did not go to whether the Greens’ policy was correct or incorrect; it was merely about whether a certain event in history actually took place.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, a fair point, Mr Hargreaves. Mr Stanhope.
Mr Coe: On the point of order, I think it is a very long bow to go from the original question to what Mr Hargreaves just asked. I ask that you review the original question and what correlation there is to the question that Mr Hargreaves asked.
MR SPEAKER: Before you continue, Mr Stanhope, I am thinking about that one.
MR STANHOPE: I could probably answer the question while you are mulling it over, in the interest of time.