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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1311 ..

Parking operations at Hall market

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, the Canberra Times has reported that parking inspectors ticketed motorists who parked in Hall to go to the popular Hall markets. While I understand that parking is at a premium in the village on market days, is this the way that parking operations should work?

MR WOOD: It was not quite like that, Mr Speaker. Certainly, parking inspectors were out there, but at the invitation of both the Hall markets organisers and the Hall and District Progress Association, who each have a concern to see that parking is organised and regulated. Not only that, but I understand that the Hall markets group requested that service, because they wished to provide a good service to regulate parking, as this is such a popular event.

In good style, the inspectors ticketed four cars, but not with infringement notices. They were simply warnings that perhaps it would be better not to park at that location. I understand that, over some period of time, only a total of about six or so infringement notices have been issued. Just to fill out a recent report in the newspaper, it is a process that everyone out there is quite happy about.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Corbell, regarding the Gungahlin Drive extension. Mr Corbell, what meetings have you had with the National Capital Authority about the government's proposed western alignment for the Gungahlin Drive extension? What advice, whether by correspondence or in those meetings, have they given you?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I have not had any meetings with the National Capital Authority. Officers of Planning and Land Management meet with the National Capital Authority on a regular basis and this is one matter that they regularly discuss.

There has been a range of correspondence between the ACT government and the National Capital Authority. As I am not familiar with the details of that correspondence, I am unable to give you a summary of that, at this stage, Mrs Cross. I will take that part of the question on notice.

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Mr Corbell, are you able to table, in the Assembly, by the end of today's sitting, details of the meetings you referred to which have been undertaken by PALM and other people-and relevant correspondence?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker, and get back to Mrs Cross on that matter.

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