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Thursday, 17 August 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Dr Foskey, from 233 residents:


To the speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the following matters:

• The proposed relocation of the present Civic bus interchange;

• The Light Rail Transport system for Central Canberra as suggested in a briefing paper circulated by the Conservation Council of the ACT;

• A forthcoming revised Canberra bus time table; and

• The intensive development of Canberra with design, enlargement and increased traffic movement for more cars, with encroachment onto and decrease of parks, gardens and trees.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to delay implementation of the above matters until a wide range of public consultations be held with all citizens affected by these changes.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.31): I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to this petition.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: This petition is probably reflective of the concern that a number of residents have in the face of as yet unknown changes to ACTION bus services and the fact that there is no longer a community advisory board, which used to be made up of quite a broad range of users of ACTION bus services. So this petition asks the government to look at, and draws the attention of the Assembly to, the proposed relocation of the present Civic bus interchange. It asks the Assembly to look at the light rail transport system proposed by the conservation council of the ACT. Members will be aware that I have suggested that an excellent project for the centenary of Canberra would be collaboration between the airport, the National Capital Authority and the ACT government to set in train a light rail transport system from the airport through Russell,

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