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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 October 2011) . . Page.. 4660 ..


In that part of that discussion, I spoke with them about the need for community connection and how the opportunities for them to continue working with Indigenous communities and those with a disability can be maintained but with a more generalist regional-based focus.

We have also had conversations with the arts centres at Tuggeranong and Belconnen. They are quite excited—very excited—about aspects of working with the Community Arts Office in those regions.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, do you support the recommendation in the most recent access and equity report from the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia that funding should be allocated to ethno-specific organisations to support service delivery that is tailored and person centred? Minister, if you do, why are you planning to disband these services in the ACT’s arts sector?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question. Moving community arts officers from Civic and putting two officers in Belconnen and two officers in Tuggeranong does not exclude them from being people centred in their practice.

Roads—segways

DR BOURKE: My question is to Minister Corbell. It is a wonderful day out there in Canberra this afternoon, which allows me to slide into my question: would the minister please provide an update on the government’s action to ensure that segways are able to be used in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for the question and I will try to avoid the cliche of segues, transitions from one subject to another, as I answer it. It is the case that currently under the Australian road rules the motorised device known as a segway cannot currently be used on roads or road-related areas here in the ACT, including footpaths, bicycle paths or shared paths. That is the case not just here in the ACT but indeed right across Australia. This is because segways are defined as an L group or motorcycle type vehicle and they fit within the moped category. This is because they are a motorised vehicle with two wheels, they are electrically powered and they have a maximum speed of not more than 50 kilometres an hour.

The government, as members will be aware, has received a number of requests from individuals and businesses to operate segways here in the ACT. Members would also be aware that a business established itself in operation, contrary to the provisions of the relevant national road rules, around Lake Burley Griffin. As a consequence of this being brought to my attention, after significant work within my directorate and with the ACT Insurance Authority, I am very pleased to advise that the government has of course granted an exemption to the operation of this particular business, and indeed any other business that wishes to operate in the designated area around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin, until a further and more detailed review about the


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