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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 27 November 2018) . . Page.. 4825 ..

The car park will be constructed in two stages to allow parking access to be maintained for the duration of construction. Motorists are advised that the speed limit will be reduced to 40 kilometres an hour during work hours and 60 kilometres outside of work hours. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2019, weather permitting.

In addition to the improvements made to the car park, under our investment we will also be looking at safe pedestrian and cyclist access including: the investigation of shared path connections on the southern side of Sulwood Drive; possible modification of the intersection with Mannheim Street; and provision of a storage lane for vehicles turning right onto Sulwood Drive from Mannheim Street. Signs to other entrances on Sulwood Drive to Mount Taylor are also being considered.

I look forward to seeing these works completed in the new year and I hope to see more of our community safely enjoying Mount Taylor Nature Reserve in the future.

I present a copy of the statement:

Mount Taylor—Better access and safety—Ministerial statement, 27 November 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.49): I do not get many opportunities to heap praise on my colleague Mr Steel. I was thinking this morning that I do not know when the next one will be so I thought I would take this opportunity to do that. Credit where it is due: I applaud the minister and his predecessor for finally moving on this most needed work at the base of Mount Taylor. It has been far too long in coming. How we have not had a tragedy on Sulwood Drive is more about good luck than good planning. This work was needed years ago, but we should celebrate its commencement.

These works have been applauded right across the valley. I must say I am genuinely surprised when I go doorknocking in Tuggeranong by the number of people who bring up the whole Mount Taylor parking situation and how they are pleased that we are moving forward. They want to talk about the push to improve safety at the base of Mount Taylor.

I am pleased to have played a part in this process with the motion that I brought to this chamber in September of last year. I applaud those, including Mr Steel, who were responsible for bringing the petition he mentioned late last year. As was the case when I brought that motion forward in September last year, all this has the support of all three parties here.

I will be personally checking on the progress of the work on Mount Taylor, and I will be pushing the minister regarding the additional improvements he has mentioned in his statement. I look forward to seeing the minister on the mountain sometime soon.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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