Page 893 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 March 2005

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The variation was released for public comment on 23 July 2004, with comments closing on 3 September 2004. A total of three written submissions was received during that period. Two of these submissions were highly supportive of the proposal to provide additional aged care facilities; one submission was critical of loss of urban open space and considered the decision to be of a short-sighted nature.

In its report No 2 of January this year, the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment made three recommendations in relation to the draft variation. The committee’s first recommendation was that Roads ACT install traffic-culling measures in Groom Street, to promote safety and to deter unnecessary use of the street by out-of-area traffic. Such measures could include a 40-kilometre-per-hour zone, prominent signage and/or traffic humps. The effectiveness of these measures should be monitored and a review report should be prepared for the committee within 12 months of the measures being undertaken, highlighting particularly the identified incidence of breaches of the speed limit.

The government’s response to the first recommendation is based on the findings of the review of school crossings and traffic issues at schools, childcare and older persons facilities, dated July 2004. The statistics on pedestrian accidents and travel speeds associated with aged care facilities concluded that the reduction in speed limits in these areas is not warranted. However, the report recommended that there be ongoing speed monitoring and enforcement at individual sites.

The committee’s second recommendation was that Roads ACT construct a safe pedestrian crossing near the proposed development, with pram or wheelchair ramps, a traffic island and other safety measures, at a safe distance from bus stops. The government’s response to the second recommendation is that the design for a safe pedestrian refuge is under way and that the traffic conditions will be monitored and a report will be prepared in 12 months time by Roads ACT.

The committee’s third recommendation was that the variation should proceed. I have pleasure in tabling this draft variation.


Mr Corbell, on behalf of Ms Gallagher, presented the following paper:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, pursuant to section 228—Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 and its associated law—Second quarterly report for the period 1 October to 31 December 2004.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Road Transport (General) Act, pursuant to section 216—Nominal Defendant (Australian Capital Territory)—2004 Annual Report, dated 21 January 2005.

National Transport Commission Act (Commonwealth)—National Transport Commission—Annual Report 2004, including financial statements and report by the Australian National Audit Office, dated 29 September 2004.

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