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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 2010) . . Page.. 3572 ..


Omit all words after “around three months” in paragraph (1)(a), substitute:

“(1) (b) poor co-ordination and planning of roadworks has meant that a large number of major projects have occurred in the ACT simultaneously with negative impacts on commuters;

(2) condemns the ACT Government for:

(a) poor planning of our current and future infrastructure needs; and

(b) releasing an inaccurate infrastructure plan that lacked vision and direction for our city’s future needs; and

(3) calls upon the Government to:

(a) develop road, parking, cycling, pedestrian and public transport infrastructure before existing infrastructure reaches capacity;

(b) ensure that roadworks and rehabilitation are not undertaken on areas that are subject to incomplete community consultation or planning processes;

(c) ensure that, when construction works interrupt pedestrian and cycle routes, there are safe, convenient and well signposted alternative routes made available from the start of the works and the public is made aware of alternative arrangements prior to commencement of works; and

(d) implement a project management strategy for roadworks and other construction that minimises disruption to travel routes and considers the long-term use of roads, footpaths, cycleways or other traffic infrastructure.”.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Mr Coe’s amendment be agreed to. The fact that it has not been circulated—

Mr Smyth: Perhaps, Mr Speaker, I could speak.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, thank you, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (7.37): Just to give people time to receive the amendment, while it is being circulated, I will now speak largely about my experience as the minister for roads. It is important, particularly when you look at paragraph (3) of Ms Le Couteur’s motion, that roadworks and rehabilitation are not undertaken in areas that are subject to incomplete community consultation or planning and processes.

The road resealing program is very important. The nature of the roads in the ACT and the nature of our weather patterns dictate that of course maintenance must be undertaken in a regular way. If you have been driving around tonight, you will know that there is an excessive amount of water on the roads. If the roads have cracked and


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