Page 3063 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 14 August 2012

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, 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 Ms Le Couteur, from 836 residents.

Deakin shops—safety barriers—petition No 137

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 a number of car accidents and near accidents along the pavement at the Deakin Local Centre. These pose a serious risk to pedestrian safety and have resulted in damage to Deakin shop fronts. Although there have been no deaths or injuries there is a serious risk of deaths and/or injuries if urgent action is not taken by the ACT Government to remedy the situation.

We note that Roads ACT plans to implement limited protective measures by the end of September 2012, and engage an independent consultant to assess the Shopping Centre carpark and address the safety concerns raised by shop owners and the Deakin Residents Association. This is too little, too late.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to:

Urgently install temporary heavy duty safety barriers (water filled, or similar) to protect pedestrians, shop users, Deakin shop owners and staff from the risk of intentional or unintentional impact from motor vehicles, for the full length from the IGA corner to the corner outside Cape Cod restaurant, and

Urgently engage and undertake a full risk assessment, to identify and fully address safety concerns raised by shop owners and the Deakin Residents Association, for implementation by 31 December 2012.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Ms Burch, Minister for Community Services, dated 14 June 2012, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Bresnan on 1 May 2012 concerning the redevelopment of Northbourne Flats.

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