Page 1130 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question.

MR SESELJA: Minister, will the Labor Party again be using ACT government facilities, including hospitals and schools, for its election campaign advertising?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not know that that is actually related to the question. Campaign advertising as opposed to campaign costings, I think, is a different question. The Labor Party—and in this case I can only answer on behalf of the government because I am the Chief Minister of the government here—will at all times act in accordance with the conventions, guidelines and legislation that have been agreed to in this place for all aspects of the campaign. I hope that all other members will as well.


MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and it relates to activities in my electorate. Minister, can you provide details of a new community path in Chifley and Pearce that is to connect with the Tuggeranong Parkway shared path? How does construction of the path meet the active transport objectives of the government’s transport for Canberra strategy?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question and for his interest in all matters relating to his electorate. As part of the federal government’s job program which was launched in 2009, nominations were sought from a range of stakeholders, including government agencies and the general public, for projects covering the provision of cycling infrastructure in the ACT. The Pearce and Chifley shared path project, which was nominated by a local Chifley resident, was successful in securing funds of $200,000 from the commonwealth program. The ACT government supplemented these funds from its own walking and cycling infrastructure program.

The proposed 1.9 kilometre shared path will provide a link between the existing trunk path east of the Tuggeranong Parkway and the existing shared path on the western side of Athllon Drive at the corner of Melrose Drive and Athllon Drive. The main body of the path is situated within a natural green open space, which provides a convenient access for pedestrians and restricted access for cyclists.

The green space was identified as providing direct access to and from local schools during the morning and afternoon peak periods, as well as by people travelling to access the local shops. New lighting will be installed to improve the existing deficient lighting, as well as improved safety measures at road crossings. The path seeks to improve mobility and access to work, home, shops, businesses and activities within the Pearce and Chifley area as well as improving safety for users and the community.

The path forms part of the government’s commitment to continually increasing the walking and cycling network across the city. These objectives align very much with the core goals identified in the transport for Canberra strategy that was released earlier this week. Members will be able to go to page 58, I think, to actually look at the modal share targets that we are setting ourselves for walking. It is actually going to a target of 6½ per cent of journeys to work by walking up to seven per cent by 2026.

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