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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4293 ..

Thursday, 4 December 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 9 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Ministerial response

The Clerk: The following response to a petition has been lodged by a minister:

By Mr Rattenbury, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, dated 2 December 2014, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Jones on 30 October 2014 concerning the provision of a footpath on Tarraleah Crescent, Lyons.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Roads—footpaths—petition No 17-14

The response read as follows:

Walking and Cycling play an important role in the Government’s initiatives of Transport for Canberra and the Zero Growth—Healthy Weight Strategy to reduce obesity.

Roads ACT receives many requests each year for the construction of community paths to provide improved connectivity within the community path network. To provide consistency and transparency to the assessments of path construction priority, all walking and cycling requests are assessed utilising a community path warrant system developed in conjunction with cycling advocacy groups, namely Pedal Power and the Heart Foundation through the Bicycle Advisory Group.

The warrant system utilises a five criteria assessment methodology:

1. Is the requested path safe? If it is not, then if possible are there alternative routes identified.

2. The request is then assessed against routes identified in the ACT Strategic Cycling Network plan which outlines the priority improvement corridors, connections to the proposed surrounding network and its value within the network.

3. The community value of the potential path. Assesses its ability to improve connectivity to surrounding community facilities for example, schools, community centres and shops.

4. Connectivity of the potential path with the surrounding public transport network, specifically improved access to bus stops.

5. Is there a recognised desire line, ‘goat track’ or reported usage.

The proposal to construct an extension of the community path from the southern end of Tarraleah Crescent to connect into the existing path along Tarraleah Crescent servicing the early learning centre has been assessed and is currently ranked at 113 out of 235 when compared to other community path requests as of September 2014.

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