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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2787 ..


committed to bringing it to Woden. We have taken this to two elections. We are going to get on with the job of building this project. We are currently already underway on early works, literally just a few metres away from the Assembly, in building this project.

A lot has passed since 2019. Business cases are there to inform government decision-making. Our government has made the decision and we are getting on with the job of delivering a better public transport system for Canberra that will benefit our city not just for 30 years of an appraisal period but for 100 years and beyond.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Parton.

MR PARTON: Minister, given the many concerns with the current business case, will you properly consult the community before finalising that updated document? And what do you have to hide on this project?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. We are getting on with consultation on delivering the project. I said that in my answer to Dr Paterson earlier. We are consulting on all elements of the project to take it to Woden, not just to Commonwealth Park. Our ambition is to take this all the way to Woden so that everyone in our city can benefit, from north to south. As we do that, we want to make sure that we maximise the benefits of the project.

We will continue to work with all members of the community to make sure that, as we design the project, both stage 2A and the final design, and as we go through the environmental impact statement consultation process and design for stage 2B as well, we will be working with the communities right along the route, often on a stationary basis, looking at how we can maximise the benefits for each community where there will be a stop, how they can access the stop, and how we can ensure that more people benefit from this project, which is going to be city shaping and future-focused in delivering major transport benefits for years and decades to come.

Schools—air quality

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the minister for education. Whether it be smoke or COVID, clean, fresh air is important for our students when they are in the classroom. What is the government doing to ensure that our students can breathe easily and safely when they return to school?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. I can say that the ACT Education Directorate has been working very hard with our school communities to ensure the safe return to our schools, when it is time to do so, and acting on the health advice in that space. The health advice is that as much good ventilation and fresh air that can occur throughout the school and throughout the classrooms is the best way to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID.

Our ACT schools have been working on making sure that our ventilation systems have what they need in place to ensure that those ventilation systems can increase the amount of fresh air that is brought into the school communities. It also involves


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