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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 June 2021) . . Page.. 1568 ..


However, other streets, such as Ballarat Street in Fisher, receive relatively high volumes of vehicle and foot traffic and require separation between the different modes of travel to ensure safety for all. Ballarat Street is a connector and transit street which runs through Fisher and has many streets coming off it. To walk along Ballarat Street requires a person to walk on a sloped verge of varying quality and then onto the road itself. Either option poses safety concerns, including trip hazards and car accidents. This is exacerbated for those in our community who are elderly, pregnant, disabled or pushing a pram, and those who have any form of mobility impairment.

In line with the government’s commitment to active forms of travel, including walking and cycling, I support this petition of the residents of Fisher to request that a footpath be constructed along Ballarat Street to provide safety for all users.

Investment in walking and cycling infrastructure contributes to several national and ACT government policy directions, including the Healthy Weight Initiative, the ACT Climate Change Strategy, the ACT Planning Strategy, and the Active Travel Framework.

I understand that Roads ACT manages over 3,000 kilometres of community paths across the ACT, with capital funding allocated to path asset upgrades on a site-by-site basis. I commend the ACT government on its program to progressively upgrade and enhance the community path network on a prioritised basis, to fulfil government policies to encourage active travel, reduce carbon emissions and improve health in our community.

I hope this petition will be considered and prioritised accordingly to meet the needs of Weston Creek residents and contribute to ACT government policy and ambition.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Berry for today to attend a COVID-19 test and self-isolate as appropriate.

Planning—Infrastructure Plan

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.17): The ACT government is investing in the infrastructure that Canberra needs to ensure that we continue to be one of the world’s most liveable and sustainable cities.

Members may recall that, in October 2019, the government released an ambitious and comprehensive 10-year infrastructure plan, to provide certainty and to advise the community, business and the construction sector of the territory’s infrastructure priorities. The ACT Infrastructure Plan is a blueprint for our city’s development and a vision for the future, outlining a pipeline of infrastructure, estimated at around


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