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(3) As there are an estimated 10 000 Queanbeyan residents and 3 500 Canberra residents commuting to work each day along Canberra Avenue, according to ABS figures, what measures will the ACT Government be undertaking to alleviate this traffic congestion;

(4) If no measures are planned to be undertaken, why not;

(5) Will the ACT Government be considering an upgrade of Canberra Avenue in light of growing commuter traffic along Canberra Avenue and the future addition of the Defence Headquarters at Bungendore; if not, why not;

(6) Will the ACT Government enter into negotiations with the Queanbeyan City Council with the intention of finding a practical solution to this problem; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) These traffic lights have never been adjusted to give precedence to HMAS Harman traffic during peak hours, although the fact that these lights were not coordinated with the lights at Gilmore Road in Queanbeyan may have at times given that impression.

(2) If one of the sets of traffic lights were to be transferred from one control system to the other, it would be more sensible for the Queanbeyan lights to be transferred to the ACT SCATS System, which is operated and controlled locally, than for the HMAS Harman lights to be transferred to the RTA NSW System, which is controlled from Wollongong and Sydney.

(3) Roads ACT officers have been working closely with officers from Queanbeyan City Council and RTA NSW to resolve the issue. A method has been devised whereby morning peak period coordination between the two sets of light can now be achieved even though the lights are operating on separate computer systems. This method of operation was introduced on 29 June 2005.

(4) Please see (3) above.

(5) The Government is committed to its Sustainable Transport Policy that encourages greater use of more sustainable modes of transport such as public transport and cycling as well as strategic augmentation of the road network. The future addition of the Defence Headquarters at Bungendore is likely to result in an increase in traffic travelling in the opposite direction to the normal peak traffic flow, the direction in which there is ample road capacity.

(6) Please see (3) above.

Littering rates
(Question No 408)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 22 June 2005:

(1) In relation to research showing that littering rates in the ACT are the worst in the country, as outlined in The Canberra Times on 6 June 2005, page 20, and in light of the littering survey commissioned by the Beverage Industry Environment Council where it showed that 21 per cent of respondents littered because they couldn’t find a rubbish bin, will the

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