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(4) I am advised that for the reasons outlined above, the ACT Workers’ Compensation and Work Health and Safety regulatory provisions would not apply to Chinese workers killed or injured on the site. DFAT have agreed to advise the ACT Work Safety Commissioner should any Australian workers be engaged on the project.

(5) Most other construction of embassies (or high commissions, consultants etc) occurs before the status of national land with diplomatic immunities is granted, and so the ACT would have jurisdiction until the site is formally declared an embassy. This is not the case for the Chinese Embassy due to an agreement reached between the Australian Government and People’s Republic of China for this specific project. DFAT advice is this is a unique situation and unlikely to reoccur.

(6) The ACT Government applies its work health and safety laws to the full extent of the law. The Chief Minister wrote to the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs on 6 December 2011 highlighting the discussions between Territory and Federal Officials and formally asking that DFAT advise the Work Safety Commissioner of any matter that may impact on public safety or if Australian workers are employed in the construction work on the Chinese Embassy site.

Cyclepaths—Kingston foreshore
(Question No 1971)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2011:

(1) Can the Minister provide details on where the location of the Kingston Foreshore component of the Lake Burley Griffin cycle path will be.

(2) How wide will this cycle path be.

(3) If this cycle path is to be located directly adjacent to the lake’s edge, how will it interact with any planned outdoor cafe seating or pedestrian use of this area.

(4) Will this section of the cycle path have any speed or other restrictions placed on it.

(5) When will this section of the cycle path be completed.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. The Canberra and Queanbeyan Walking and Cycling Plan identifies the main commuter cycle route along Wentworth Avenue – this is an on-road cycle lane. The recreational cycle route follows Lake Burley Griffin and will include a 4 metre shared pathway at the lake’s edge in front of the Waterfront development.

The shared pathway will then follow the Kingston Foreshore promenade until it enters a copenhagen cycle route (which separates traffic from cyclists by a median); at Eyre St Bridge. The copenhagen style cycle route is being constructed along Eyre Street as part of the Stage 4 civil infrastructure works.

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