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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2189 ..


MR STEEL: I am really pleased to say that construction on the light rail to Woden is starting this year. The first package of works involves setting up construction site compounds and undertaking utility relocation works. This work must be completed prior to raising London Circuit, to reduce the risk of damage to critical utilities during the project’s major construction works. There will be some local traffic impacts associated with these works, but they will be relatively minor. While these early works are underway, we will be preparing the major project documentation to receive approval from the NCA and undertaking procurement for a project delivery partner.

The first major works to raise London Circuit will get underway from around quarter 2 next year. This will require a number of road closures as the current clover leaves in the Commonwealth Avenue overpass over London Circuit are progressively dismantled.

We are encouraging the community to keep up to date with the project by signing up for email alerts via the Light Rail to Woden website at act.gov.au/lightrailtowoden. This website also has lots of maps and information on the specific routes that will be affected by construction. These will be continually updated as construction progresses. The government will be communicating clearly and early and regularly across a range of channels as the construction program gets underway.

I would like to thank the community in advance for their patience and understanding as we deliver this important infrastructure project that will benefit Canberrans for generations to come.

ACT Corrective Services—release process

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. In December 2017 a detainee was mistakenly released from the jail. Mr Rattenbury said at the time that a review of the process would be conducted to ensure that this error did not re-occur. In July 2021, Canberra found out that yet another detainee was mistakenly released from the jail before completing his sentence. The government again said that a review of this incident would be undertaken to ensure that it would not happen again. Minister, what policies and procedures changed following the review in 2017, given that clearly the changes have not been sufficient?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Parton for the question. I refer him, of course, to the previous answer of the question of a similar vein. The two instances were separate and of different circumstances. As I said, we will, of course, have a look at this review and ensure that—

Mrs Jones: A point of order on relevance, the question asked what has changed since last time. The minister has not actually answered that at all. I ask you to bring him to the question, which is: what has changed since that first incident.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. You took the point of order 20 seconds in; he still has plenty of time to answer. He has made reference to the review that was in place and there were different circumstances. Minister, you can continue.


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