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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2383 ..


our city and we want to make sure it has the capacity needed to service a city of 500,000-plus in the future.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what analysis led you to believe that Kings Avenue and Parkes Way have the capacity to carry their share of the 4,100 vehicles per hour that will be diverted from Commonwealth Avenue in peak times?

MR STEEL: The traffic modelling we have undertaken. The mesoscopic operational traffic model of the city and inner north that we have, looked very closely at the volume of traffic that is likely to be on those roads. Now we are looking at what interventions and measures we can put in place to help mitigate and minimise the disruptive effect on the traffic network. That is the work that is underway now. I will be announcing further measures about what that will mean for the traffic network over the coming months as we undertake the preparation and planning that is needed for this major infrastructure project, which the opposition have fought against now at two elections and have now tried to put it in jeopardy again over the last months.

MRS JONES: Minister Steel, will you table the mesoscopic study that you referred to in its entirety?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I have tabled the results of that study, and I table it again. Here it is:

Light Rail to Woden—Construction traffic impacts—Question time brief, dated 26 July 2021.

Mrs Jones: A point of order, the minister was asked if he would table the study in its entirety. He has not actually answered the question.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! I am giving Ms Orr the call for her question without notice.

Education—early childhood

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Having just celebrated Early Learning Matters Week, can the minister please outline the impact that early learning has on child development?

MS BERRY: I think I can speak for every parent who has children attending an early childhood centre in saying the impact it has on every child is outstanding and the early years of a child’s life are just so exciting: every day learning something here, experiencing something new, imagining something new. Around 90 per cent of brain development occurs in those first five years of life.

Child development is driven by interactions with other people. High-quality early childhood education plays a critical role in supporting children to learn. For children experiencing vulnerabilities or disadvantage, this education plays an even more


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