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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2101 ..

(2) What costs have the ACT Government previously incurred in (a) design works and (b) consultations.

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

(1) There are no current plans to build a fire station on block 25 section 2 in Pialligo. A review of the Station Upgrade and Relocation Program (SURP) in 2014, which considered projections of demand, population and urban growth to 2026, indicated that a station in the City would represent a more effective location than Pialligo to improve response times. This was re-affirmed as part of a SURP review in 2019.

The site is zoned Non-Urban Zone 1 (NUZ1): Broadacre, and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate is the land custodian.

The planning and land authority has not been approached about any other plans for the block.

(2) Nil, other than the considerations as part of the SURP reviews.

Crime—cycling infringements(Question No 244)

Ms Clay asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 14 May 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Corrections):

How many traffic infringements for unsafe passing distance have been issued each year in the ACT since the introduction of minimum passing laws.

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

ACT Policing are committed to reducing road trauma on our roads. The safety of vulnerable road users, including cyclists, is of particular importance to both ACT Policing and the ACT Government.

In line with the ACT Road Safety Strategy and ACT Road Safety Calendar, ACT Policing undertakes focused operational activities, public messaging campaigns and media engagement to improve the safety of vulnerable road users.

Members of Traffic Operations actively enforce road transport and safety legislation, including legislation related to the minimum passing distances between motor vehicles and bicycles.

A key component of ACT Policing enforcement is an education campaign largely focused on road culture and awareness of vulnerable road users. Education plays an important role in promoting and encouraging safe and courteous behaviours on our roads and paths.

Protecting all vulnerable road users, including cyclists, is an ongoing priority for ACT Policing. ACT Policing have undertaken numerous initiatives to educate the Canberra public about the minimum passing distances and will continue to do so in the future.

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