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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1521 ..




Mr Rugendyke - asked the Chief Minister on 5 May 1999:

1 . What was the reply from the Minister for the Olympic Games to your letter of 27 May 1998?

2. What was your argument to convince him and is the ACT now included in the free transport zone?

3. Will you provide free transport to the Olympic event in the ACT, including to those in the surrounding region?

Ms Carnell

- The answers to the Member's questions are as follows:

1 and 2. I understand that Olympic ticket holders will be able to access free transport on the 'designated Olympic transport system' which is the CityRail network and the Olympic bus network to be established by the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA). Free rail travel will also be available on some Intercity networks. The free rail component stops at 5 regional 'borders'where city raillintercity lines stop, namely, Goulburn, Nowra, Lithgow, Scone and Dungog. Country Link trains operate beyond this point which of course includes the ACT. Therefore the service does not extend throughout all NSW.

Unfortunately, the NSW Minister for the Olympics has not yet replied to my letter, consequently the ACT is still not included in the free transport zone. The issue has been raised by my Department several times in its discussions with SOCOG but we have not yet had a definitive response. When I receive a response I will let Mr Rugendyke know the outcome.

3. Transportation to the Olympic Games football event in Canberra is currently being considered by the Transport Working Group which is chaired by the Department of Urban Services. The Group will recommend the optimal approach to maximise access to the event. All options are currently being considered.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) (5.47): Mr Speaker, I move:

That Executive business be called on forthwith.

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