Page 832 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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MR BARR: I thank Dr Bourke. As I indicated yesterday to the Assembly, there is a public consultation process that runs until the middle of April. There will then be a period when the ICRC considers all of the submissions that it receives before it makes its final determination in June, I understand. Your constituents, Dr Bourke, will have the opportunity through the ICRC’s processes in terms of written submissions, and I believe they may undertake a further public consultation.

Roads—Ashley Drive

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, can you advise the Assembly of the progress and benefits of the first stage of the duplication of Ashley Drive that is currently underway?

MR RATTENBURY: Regarding Ashley Drive, this is a project the duplication of which has been under development for some time. As members may be aware, Ashley Drive is a single-lane arterial road that carries over 23,000 vehicles a day, and congestion is an issue.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! It is very difficult to hear Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: Congestion is an issue on this road, particularly around the Erindale shopping centre and the surrounding intersection of Ashley Drive and Sternberg Crescent. The Ashley Drive stage 1 upgrade is in the final stages of design. Stage 1 will improve the intersection of Erindale Drive and Sternberg Crescent at the circle there as well as duplicate a section of Erindale Drive. The design suggests that this will provide significant improvements to traffic flow in the area.

There will also be some public transport priority measures and walking and cycling facility improvements within the Erindale centre as part of this project. These are consistent with the overall Erindale centre master plan. Roads ACT expects that it will be able to call a tender for construction of these works in March this year. That should allow stage 1 improvements to go to construction around June this year, using $7 million of funding that was allocated by the government as part of the 2012-13 capital works program. I am informed that the construction of this project will take around nine months.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what will stage 2 of the Ashley Drive project deliver to Tuggeranong residents?

MR RATTENBURY: As is the case with many of the road projects, the works for this upgrade are staged. Stage 2 elements are one of the options that are under consideration for the upcoming budget.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

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