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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6037 ..


(5) The ACT Government will respond to inquiries from any company that seeks to facilitate electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in the ACT.

(6) ACT NOWaste deals with spent batteries. Batteries at the end of their service life in electric vehicles may have other uses depending upon whether they utilise lead-acid or lithium ion technology. At present there is no Australia based lithium ion recycling industry. Spent batteries with no alternate use at present are sent overseas for processing (Korea, Japan, or Denmark).

(7) I am advised that, for those who subscribe to use their services, Better Place will make arrangements that all electric vehicles can be recharged at their charging points.

(8) In 2007: 1 electric, 8 hybrid; in 2008: 1 electric, 14 hybrid; in 2009: 6 electric, 32 hybrid; in 2010: 8 electric, 140 hybrid; and in 2011: 10 electric, 240 hybrid.

(9) One electric vehicle was obtained in 2011. There are 18 hybrid vehicles currently in the ACT Government fleet.

The ACT Government has, as part of the ACT Sustainable Energy Policy 2011-2025, committed to introduce electric vehicles into its fleet in 2012-13.

Roads—Majura Parkway(Question No 1851)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 18 October 2011:

(1) What consideration has the Government given to including a bus only or high occupancy vehicle lane as part of the new Majura Parkway project, either as (a) an additional lane, for example, two standard lanes and one bus lane or (b) replacing one of the proposed standard vehicles lanes, for example, one standard lane and one bus lane.

(2) What modelling has the Government done on how the configurations referred to in part (1) would impact on future travel patterns on the parkway and by how much would these configurations reduce the number of vehicles travelling along the parkway.

(3) How does the Government intend to use the Majura Parkway for routes as part of the ACTION bus network.

(4) What near and long term plans does the Government have to improve the public transport network linking Gungahlin to (a) Canberra Airport and Majura Park, (b) Fyshwick, (c) Hume and (d) Campbell.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A bus only or high occupancy vehicle lane was not included in the design of the Majura because the Parkway is not part of the inter-town public transport corridor. The projected traffic volume on Majura Parkway, even after allowing modal shifts towards public transport in accordance with the ACT Sustainable Transport Plan, will require two traffic lanes each direction.


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