Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3856 ..
The Assembly voted-
Ayes, 11 Noes, 6 Mr Berry Ms MacDonald Mr Cornwell Mr Corbell Mr Quinlan Mrs Dunne Mrs Cross Mr Stanhope Mr Humphries Ms Dundas Ms Tucker Mr Pratt Ms Gallagher Mr Wood Mr Smyth Mr Hargreaves Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
Amendment agreed to.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
Transport education policy
MS DUNDAS (5.16): I move:
That following the encouraging results from the "Way to Go" trial in Woden, this Assembly calls on the ACT Government to extend the "Way to Go" transport education program across the ACT, to both households and workplaces, to encourage:
(1) reduced traffic volumes and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and
(2) higher levels of physical activity and better health among Canberrans.
This motion calls on the government to extend the Way to Go program across the ACT because this program provides a range of benefits. It also calls on the ACT government to commit territory funds if federal funding is not available.
Transport has been in the news over the past couple of days because of the release of the 2001 census figures on travel to work on census day. The results were not strongly positive, as the ACT was the jurisdiction with the highest rate of car commuting, at 69.9 per cent, and the lowest rate of public transport use, at only 4.6 per cent. Our rate of cycling and walking to work at, 5.5 per cent, is around the national average, but this is a low figure.
The ACT government has committed to creating a sustainable territory. Tackling greenhouse gas emissions is one of the identified goals in the discussion paper titled "Towards a sustainable ACT".
Encouraging results from the Way to Go transport marketing pilot program in Woden have shown that there is a simple way of changing transport behaviour and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many Canberrans are willing to get out of their cars and start cycling, walking or bussing if we provide them with the information to make it simple to do.