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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2223 ..

that is looking at issues and initiatives in relation to discrimination in the workplace, education and training and barriers to older people remaining/re-entering the workplace. This work is being fed into the development of the Government's mature aged employment strategy currently being developed.

(2) This will form part of the mature age employment strategy referred to in (1).

(3) This will form part of the mature age employment strategy referred to in (1).

The ACT Office for Ageing is working with the ACT Department of Education Youth and Family Services to explore opportunities for training and skills development for older unemployed people.

Further, the Government is promoting long life learning through Adult Community Education programs. The ACT's commitment to this program is in the order of $250,000 per annum.

(4) The Agenda for Volunteering for the ACT Community 2003-2007, a joint initiative of Volunteering ACT and the ACT Government was released in December 2002. This document contains strategies to facilitate capacity building within the volunteering sector and the development of effective and innovative volunteering opportunities. A working group comprised of representatives from the volunteering, government and private sectors will implement the Agenda.

Cycling road rules

(Question No 720)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

Further to your reply during Estimates that "Under the Australian Road Rules cyclists are permitted to use traffic lanes in addition to marked bike lanes":

(1) Is use of traffic lanes only permitted when there are no bike lanes;

(2) If not, what is the purpose of creating special bike lanes if cyclists are under no obligation to use them;

(3) Who is required to give way in the situation where the driver of a motor vehicle may wish to turn left across a designated cycle lane upon which a cyclist may be moving straight ahead and across the path of the turning vehicle.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) No. Cyclists are permitted to use traffic lanes at any time unless there is a sign stating otherwise.

(2) Special bike lanes are created to encourage cycling and provide a safer route of passage for cyclists.

(3) The motorist is required to give way.

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