Page 542 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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The City to Gungahlin Transit Corridor Study is currently investigating the feasibility of replacing the existing bus service between Gungahlin and the City with a light rail transit or bus rapid transit corridor along Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road.

So work has been done and is being done, but we have not got answers. The questions I propose in this motion I think should be able to be answered. If not, I would like a reason why not. Taxpayers deserve the information and I hope this motion will achieve this.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (6.13): I move:

Omit paragraphs (1) and (2), substitute:

“(1) notes that the ACT Government is committed to delivering the Capital Metro project for Canberra;

(2) notes that:

(a) construction of a light rail network will be one of the biggest and most complex capital works projects undertaken in the ACT;

(b) the construction of a light rail network in Canberra will bring major benefits to the people of Canberra and will be a transformative project for our City;

(c) the Capital Metro project will improve transport access and mobility for the community, especially through its integration with the broader transport network;

(d) the Capital Metro project will deliver environmental benefits via emissions reductions through mode shift from private vehicles to public transport; and

(e) the Capital Metro project will be a catalyst for urban renewal along the corridors and in our town centres; and

(3) notes that:

(a) the Government is committed to a high level of transparency and will progressively release information about the Capital Metro project as it is developed;

(b) a substantial body of work has already been undertaken to inform the progress of Capital Metro, including the Concept Design Report and strategic transport modelling and economic and financial appraisal;

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