Page 1352 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 April 2013
MS GALLAGHER: Yes, the managing director has offered to reduce his salary. The shareholders’ view is that that is a matter for the board. It is very clearly a matter for the board and we will be meeting with the board on Monday to discuss matters around the salary of the managing director.
Transport—cycling and walking
MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, in the context of the government’s transport for Canberra plan, what work is TAMS undertaking to improve pedestrian and cycle access in and around Canberra to make the city more pedestrian and cycling friendly?
MR RATTENBURY: Mr Gentleman is right to identify the transport for Canberra goals as fundamental to progress in these areas. Ambitious targets have been set to change the way we get people around town, including increasing efforts to have more people taking public transport, cycling and walking. The government has a range of projects that are both underway and planned and I guess, in a sense, a rolling program as well.
Of course, the first stage of the Civic cycle loop has just been opened. This has been a major project. It has had significant financial investment. The first reaction from the community is generally positive. I have received some excellent emails from people who are very excited about the loop being opened and about, I guess, the generational change in moving to the next stage of infrastructure in Canberra where we have the fully separated lane. There is still some work to do on that project. There is some further line marking going on. As members might imagine, of course, in doing something like this for the first time we do learn a few things. But that is one major project that is underway.
Of course, there is a range of things being considered for the budget at the moment. But I would note also that when it comes to pedestrians, there is an ongoing program of works both to repair damaged existing pathways and footpaths as well as installing new ones in areas where they are needed.
This is a matter that has been addressed in the parliamentary agreement between the Greens and the Labor Party. In both this agreement and the previous one, there is a shared acknowledgement of the importance of this kind of infrastructure and an acknowledgement of the need for additional funding in these areas. There is a range of other specific projects, but I think that gives you an overview of what is happening at the moment.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what are some of the other initiatives that the government has planned to meet its transport for Canberra walking and cycling targets?