Page 959 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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resources simply to have people driving around looking for possible maintenance issues, which is what I think you are implying.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, are so many basic services falling into disrepair in this city because you are saving all your money for light rail?


MADAM SPEAKER: Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Wait for the call, Mr Rattenbury.

MR RATTENBURY: Sorry. Now that I have the call—no.

Tuggeranong—dangerous driving

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, there have been a number of recent media reports regarding dangerous driving in Tuggeranong. I have also had contact with a number of constituents in Tuggeranong who have raised concerns about the increasing levels of hoon driving, including burnouts, in their suburbs. Minister, what is being done to address this behaviour, particularly in the Tuggeranong area?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Wall for the question. I draw Mr Wall’s attention to the most recent 12-monthly purchase agreement between the ACT government and ACT Policing. That outlines priorities for ACT Policing for the current 12-month contract period. That purchase agreement includes some special directions from me, as Minister for Police and Emergency Services. One of my areas of priority that I have given to the Chief Police Officer is for ACT Policing to pay particular attention to antisocial and dangerous driving behaviour.

As a result, ACT Policing have stepped up their efforts in terms of antisocial dangerous driving behaviour, such as burnouts and other hooning behaviour. They are deploying new technologies to assist in detecting this behaviour, including the use of infrared camera technology from time to time. These technologies are being used to target some of the illegal street racing activity that unfortunately does occur from time to time in the city. The police have been successful in shutting down a number of illegal street racing meets that were being staged in different parts of the city and putting in place the appropriate actions to have those matters brought before the court.

These are the types of measures that ACT Policing are putting in place as a result of the directions I have given the Chief Police Officer for the current contract period.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, this issue has been a concern for Tuggeranong residents for some time and I have personally received many complaints from constituents regarding it. Why has more action not been taken sooner?

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