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(3) Who made the decision to install the glass panels and was the decision cleared by any higher authority; if not, why not;

(4) Do the glass panels conform to all road design standards that are applicable; if not, why not;

(5) What is the total cost of the glass panels, including installation;

(6) Have any plans been made to remove the glass panels or otherwise solve this dangerous problem; if not why not.

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

(1) Perspex panels have been installed at three locations for the purpose of traffic noise attenuation.

(2) Investigations were undertaken during the design phase to determine the suitability of the perspex panels. Reflection was not considered a problem following inspections of similar installations in Sydney and Melbourne. The panels did have a protective film during construction and this may have caused some reflection.

(3) A number of options were investigated for traffic noise attenuation by the design consultant. The relevant ACT Government agencies accepted the design. The National Capital Authority gave works approval for the project.

(4) Yes.

(5) $350,000.

(6) No, as the perspex panels are not considered a problem.

(Question No 741)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services (redirected to the Minister for Planning), upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) Is there a road planned in Mitchell to link Gungahlin Drive to Flemington Road; if so, will this road pass through the sites currently being utilised by (a) Belconnen Model Aeroplane Club (BMAC) and (b) CSG green waste disposal centre;

(2) Given that concerns have been raised by some in the community that the green waste centre on Vickers Street in Mitchell will be closed due to a new access road, is there any threat that this centre will have to be closed to make way for a road; if so, what will the Government do to ensure that a green waste facility remains open in the Mitchell area; if not, has the Government made this clear to the owners of CSG;

(3) What discussions, if any, have been held with the BMAC about future development north of Mitchell that may infringe on their grounds;

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