Page 345 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 12 February 2013

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As noted above, most of the current footpath area (behind the kerb) is within the lease boundary, and before work proceeds an agreement needs to be negotiated with the leaseholders. In normal circumstances, traders and building owners would be expected to install measures on their own land should they have concerns with vehicles striking their buildings, either unintentionally or as part of deliberate ‘ram raids’.

However, in view of the current kerb height contributing to the problem, the ACT Government is prepared to cover the cost of either Option 2 or Option 3. The ACT Government’s preference at this stage would be Option 2, as the most cost effective solution.

Roads ACT plans to have a consultative session with leaseholders to outline the proposed solution and to clarify any administrative and tenure issues. A public display will also be mounted at the shops explaining the recommended treatment. Depending on the outcome of this consultation process, Roads ACT would plan to undertake the works under its Minor New Works program early in the new year.

The Government considers that this is an appropriate response to the risks and safety concerns identified by the traders. When undertaking previous work, Roads ACT installed temporary water filled barriers on the section of footpath directly adjacent to the car park entry. Placing water filled barriers along the whole length of the footpath, as requested in the petition, is not considered necessary.

This issue is clearly a shared responsibility between the ACT Government and the traders and building owners at Deakin Shops. The ACT Government has already taken action to resolve issues with respect to land it directly controls. And is willing to work with the traders and building owners with respect to the privately controlled land at the Deakin Shops.

Leader of the Opposition

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I inform the Assembly that on 11 February 2013 Mr Hanson advised me that the Canberra Liberals had elected him as their leader and that he consented to being the Leader of the Opposition. I therefore recognise Mr Hanson in accordance with standing order 5A and table the correspondence from Mr Hanson. I present the following paper:

Leader of the Opposition—Consent—Copy of letter to the Speaker from Mr Hanson, dated 11 February 2013.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition), by leave: Madam Speaker, I wish to inform you that I have been elected as Leader of the Opposition. I wish to advise you that I have consented to this position, and Alistair Coe has been elected as deputy leader and will remain as whip.

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