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(3) Has the Government undertaken any of its own research to determine why the accident rate is so high at (a) roundabouts, (b) give way signs and (c) uncontrolled intersections; if so, what did that research show and what change is the Government considering to reduce the accident rate; if not, would the Government consider such research in an effort to reduce the accident rate;

(4) Has the Government considered the installation of more stop signs at uncontrolled intersections to reduce the accident rate, given the lowest accident rate is at intersections with stop signs; if so, does the Minister have a list of intersections under consideration and what are those intersections; if not, what are the reasons for not wanting to install more stop signs at uncontrolled intersections;

(5) What work, if any, is currently being done to reduce the accident rate at (a) roundabouts, (b) give way signs and (c) uncontrolled intersections in the ACT.

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

(1) No. The accident types and rates at roundabouts and other intersections in the ACT are no different to those in other jurisdictions in Australia. Furthermore, roundabouts may increase the number of rear end collisions but are very effective in reducing the more severe right-angle collisions.

(2) The NRMA ranking is normally based on accidents information in a one-year period. Urban Services analyse all intersections in the ACT based on their 2 year and 5-year accidents records. The worst locations become candidates for funding as part of the annual Road Safety Improvements program or the Federally-funded Blackspot program.

(3) Urban Services programs are structured to analyse and improve safety at the worst locations in the ACT regardless of the traffic control type at these locations.

(4) Most of the uncontrolled intersections in the ACT are on minor local roads and the need for any form of control is generally not justified. “Stop” and “Giveway” signs are erected on a case-by-case basis when warranted.

(5) Refer to (2).

Weston—tree removals
(Question No 746)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) Further to a letter to the editor in The Canberra Times on Thursday, 27 October entitled ‘An Over-Reaction’, why are trees being cut down in and around Weston;

(2) What are the sites where trees have been or will be cut down and the dates when tree removal has taken place or is planned to take place;

(3) To date, approximately how many trees have been cut down and how many are estimated to be cut down in total;

(4) Why have the residents of nearby areas not been sufficiently informed about the tree removal operations and is it so community backlash can be avoided;

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