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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2894 ..


things that they would like to see improved about the local traffic network in Gungahlin. The results of this survey will be very useful as an input to the Gungahlin traffic models, once they are developed, and will allow us to test out the feasibility of different potential traffic interventions before we invest in them.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what does this mean for investments on Canberra’s southside?

MR STEEL: Every region of Canberra’s south is benefiting from transport investment in this year’s budget. We are supporting the growing community of the Molonglo Valley by funding the construction of the remainder of John Gorton Drive and building the new bridge over the Molonglo River to provide an alternative access to Coppins Crossing. We are also duplicating William Hovell Drive from John Gorton Drive to Drake Brockman Drive. Both of these projects will see the construction of off-road shared paths for walking and cycling, linking in with the existing path networks in adjacent suburbs. We are also filling in other missing links in our path network in the Molonglo Valley and the Suburban Land Agency will be building the Coppins Crossing path in Coombs, connecting Coombs with our shared-path network.

For residents of Tuggeranong, upgrades to the Monaro Highway are on the way, with our budget delivering construction funding for the new grade-separated interchange at Lanyon Drive and the Monaro Highway. This is going to make the commute from Tuggeranong to the city safer. It will support the growing region and freight in the region, as well. In a joint project with the Australian government, we will also develop a corridor plan that identifies and prioritises future infrastructure upgrades in Canberra’s south-west to deal with congestion, improve road safety and strengthen opportunities for alternative forms of transport to private vehicles. Following the outcome of the corridor plan, specific upgrades will then proceed for design and construction in future budgets.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Roads—William Hovell Drive

MR STEEL: Yesterday Ms Clay asked me about the alignment of the new shared path as part of the duplication of William Hovell Drive. I can inform the Assembly that the location of the off-road shared path proposed in the project adjacent to Hawker was to avoid conflict with equestrians using the Bicentennial National Trail, and was proposed at the request of the ACT Equestrian Association, as part of the consultation on the project.

Paper

Mr Gentleman presented the following paper:

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time—Community Services Directorate—HOU-21/13, dated 27 April 2021.


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