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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 November 2021) . . Page.. 3497 ..


inquiries about cars driving too fast. That study recommended installing two additional speed humps to reduce speeds.

Minister, when might the government be able to implement these recommendations?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her question. I know that she has been raising this issue with my office in recent months.

The ACT government is committed to making our roads safe for all road users, whether they are driving, cycling, using an e-scooter or even walking. Bowman Street is, indeed, a very busy road in the heart of Macquarie that supports the Jamison group centre, an important community hub, as well as the nearby Canberra High School, the Canberra Southern Cross Club and the Big Splash Waterpark, amongst other uses in the area.

To support safety, there are a range of pedestrian refuge islands and a set of speed cushions installed on the road. A significant stretch of Bowman Street also has a speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour, including the area closest to the shops and the busy intersections that allow entry and exit to the car park. This was implemented in 2015, when the ACT government extended the 40-kilometre speed limit program to include all group centres, including Jamison.

Several studies have been undertaken about further improvements to this stretch of road in recent years. The government will consider the recommendations of these studies for implementation.

MS CLAY: Minister, what is the standard time frame between undertaking a traffic investigation and the government approving the recommendations, the work starting, and the works being complete?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her supplementary. The ACT government will consider the findings of a range of different traffic studies that we undertake around various locations in Canberra, based on priority and road safety. We will need to assess what the priorities are right across the ACT before we make budget decisions about whether we are going to invest and make improvements to those areas.

In this case, the ACT government undertook a survey investigation on improvements on Bowman Street between Redfern Street and Wiseman Street in April 2021. The study recommended a series of potential interventions that could be installed to improve safety in the area, including the installation of an at-grade zebra crossing either side of the bus stop interchange and a pedestrian refuge island as well as a children’s crossing adjacent to the school. These interventions will be considered further for implementation based on the context of road safety priorities in the ACT.

MR DAVIS: Minister, when can the community expect any works to be commenced at the Jamison shops?

MR STEEL: We are undertaking a range of works at the Jamison shops, including recent upgrades to improve the health of the trees at the shops and reconfiguring the


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