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maintaining new car parks, means that building thousands of extra car parks is unlikely to be the most economically or financially feasible way of managing parking demand in Canberra.
In summary, development of Canberra’s transport system needs to be seen as an integrated package of investments covering all transport modes, not only roads but public transport, both buses and light rail, walking and cycling. A balanced investment in all modes will lead us to a more healthy and sustainable future.
MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.15): I rise today to speak in favour of this motion put by Mr Coe. Many residents in my electorate of Brindabella raised serious concerns about the quality of the roads in the ACT during the recent territory election campaign. One road in particular that plays a crucial role in the electorate of Brindabella is Athllon Drive. Failing to duplicate the section between Drakeford and Sulwood drives is a serious overlooking of the amount of traffic that that road carries. One of the Liberal polices was always to duplicate that road. All Labor took to the election was a point-to-point speed camera for the residents of Tuggeranong along the same stretch.
Ms Burch: You forgot about Ashley Drive.
MR WALL: Athllon Drive.
Ms Burch: No, but we are going to duplicate Ashley Drive.
MR WALL: You are going to duplicate Ashley Drive, and it is very much appreciated that Ashley Drive is being looked at, although I do recognise that work is still yet to commence on that project.
Streets in local suburbs are also unsafe. Ones that are no stranger to members of this place are Coyne Street and Clift Crescent in Tuggeranong. Those roads, I believe, are in the process of being assessed but other streets which were consistently raised with me included the section of Tharwa Drive along Mentone View and Paperback and Forsythe streets in Banks.
Mr Rattenbury alluded to the department already having a comprehensive street sweeping program. A local constituent of mine in Gowrie has had to take to sweeping the street himself in order to clear leaf litter and prevent water inundation during storms, because of the government’s lack of consistency in heading through smaller suburban streets to clean the streets. I believe it is a very important issue to have addressed.
I believe that the motion should be agreed to and that the extra funding for roads and additional car parking spaces is also essential. Residents of Erindale struggle on a daily basis, particularly along the Gartside Street segment, to find parking. Peak times are the worst time along that stretch, and the Liberals’ policy for additional kerbside parking would certainly remedy this issue.
MR SESELJA (Brindabella—Leader of the Opposition) (4.18): I thank Mr Coe for bringing this motion forward. It is a core responsibility of government, certainly a