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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5049 ..

Bus stops

MR CORNWELL (5.22): Mr Speaker, I want to talk about bus stop No 2-and I would like Mr Corbell to take note this-in Mulley Street, Holder. This bus stop is being moved 10 metres.

Mr Pratt: Moved by fireworks?

MR CORNWELL: No, no, the earth did not move it. ACTION or whoever looks after these things moved it. The new base has already been placed 10 metres away from the original bus stop.

This is rather peculiar because the original bus stop-I went out at lunch time today and had a look at it-is conveniently located at the end of a lane which goes through to the adjoining street and is directly opposite a drive which will go down to the new Montessori school on the old Holder oval.

I might add that it is claimed, Mr Corbell, that your office, I think in February this year, advised residents of Mulley Street in Holder that there would be no significant disruption to traffic in Mulley Street as a result of the Montessori school being placed on the old Holder oval. Nevertheless, the residents of 36 Mulley Street have considerable concern about disruption because they have now discovered that a bus stop is being placed on their front nature strip. I repeat that this is 10 metres from the original bus stop.

I do not know why-there seems no sensible logical explanation for this. However, because the cement had been laid for the base and I believe there is a certain urgency associated with this move, I have written to you, Minister, today and I would welcome your urgent attention to this representation.

MR SPEAKER: Before we move on to the next speaker, I just remind members that pursuant to standing order 34 (e), if the adjournment debate is continuing at 5.30 pm, I will adjourn the Assembly.

Bus stops

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (5.24): Mr Speaker, in response to Mr Cornwell's representation, I can advise Mr Cornwell that the bus stop has been moved by the private contractors who are responsible for associated roadworks servicing the Montessori school. That removal has taken place without the approval of the ACT government and the contractors have been instructed to stop all work in relation to that whilst the issue is further clarified. It is not the result of any government requirement that the bus stop has at this point been moved. I appreciate Mr Cornwell's concern and I trust that I will be able to have further information for him shortly.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

Motion (by Mr Cornwell ) agreed to:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the debate on the adjournment motion continuing past 5.30 p.m.

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