Page 3848 - Week 10 - Thursday, 27 August 2009

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I am convening monthly forums with agencies responsible for delivery of our capital works program. To date, I have had three successful meetings with CFOs covering issues such as program status, emerging whole-of-government issues and improved ways of working. Through these meetings and enhanced reporting arrangements we are closely monitoring the progress of each project at key junctures and we will address program risks with appropriate mitigation strategies as they arise.

To support this process, chief executives will also provide reports to the budget committee of cabinet on their progress in delivering the 2009-10 program every second month. We have a strong record on planning and delivery of infrastructure and the measures outlined above, in conjunction with recent improvements to our procurement processes, will ensure that we continue to deliver quality infrastructure to the community. I present the following paper:

Capital Works 2008-2009 Program Outcome—Ministerial statement, 27 August 2009.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Transport—sustainable options

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Ms Burch, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Porter be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of sustainable transport options.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (3.28): I am pleased to be able to speak to this matter of public importance today. The ACT Labor government is committed to providing sustainable transport to Canberrans and has a proven track record. The ACT government has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable transport since commencing in office and has introduced a number of initiatives to encourage greater use of sustainable transport—options like public transport, cycling and walking in the ACT.

Now we see the government developing the sustainable transport action plan 2010-2016, which, once developed, will define the path that the government needs to take to meet our sustainable transport targets. Consultation is well underway on this plan which will include a plan for public transport, cycling and walking, parking and the infrastructure that will be needed to support the transport needs in the future, to keep Canberra on track as a sustainable city.

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