Page 3517 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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MR COE: Thank you. Minister, is it the government’s intention to progressively increase parking fees to reach that level of pricing and, if so, as you stated, how long will it take before it gets to a level where the private sector would be encouraged to enter the market?

MR CORBELL: The government has taken the view that we will continue to incrementally increase parking prices and that is now reflected in the budget decision taken a number of years ago and which takes effect each financial year. Obviously a range of factors will influence the private sector’s decision as to whether or not they believe they can enter the market and provide improved parking facilities for motorists. Again, I will take the further details of Mr Coe’s question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will motorists continue to pay more each year to the ACT government to use their cars, and have you done any quantification of how much that will be?

MR CORBELL: I will take the details of the question on notice. Again, it is not material I have immediately to hand. But again, I would simply make the point that parking is part of the broader transport picture for the city. Managing parking demand is an important part of making the shift towards more sustainable transport options for the city and giving more commuters more choice about how they move around the city. And that is very much the government’s focus.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, has the government looked at more demand responsive parking charges—in other words, the parking charges could change according to the time of day in a more responsive manner than they do at present, which is just on and off? There are web-based ones which I have seen.

MR CORBELL: I am certainly aware that there are a range of approaches applied, particularly overseas, that make provision for the sort of approach Ms Le Couteur refers to. The challenge with these approaches is that often they are very heavily technology dependent. Sometimes they involve the use of cameras to even deal with issues, for example, such as the size of vehicles. Larger vehicles pay more and smaller vehicles pay less and so on. That is not an issue that the government is considering at this time, but obviously we keep all developments in this area under review.


MR HARGREAVES: My question without notice is to the minster for education—the best minister for education in recent times, I might say. Would the minister advise—

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