Page 1362 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 April 2013

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interjections coming from those opposite, and particularly in relation to the clubs sector. It is interesting that it takes this issue to get the other mob motivated today. Nonetheless—

Mr Coe: The Labor Party talking about red tape is comical.

MR BARR: Madam Speaker, it is of course important that those opposite are entertained at some point in question time and I am happy to continue talking whilst they interject. I thank you so much for any involvement from yourself in relation to the series of interjections that I have just had to endure.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, I think there is an imputation against the chair there from Mr Barr. If he has a point of order, he should raise it, rather than making snide asides when he is speaking, thanking you for your assistance. So I might ask you to call him to order.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will probably let that one go through to the keeper, Mr Seselja. Thank you for your gallant assistance, but I think I will let it go through to the keeper.

Transport—light rail

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, can you tell the Assembly how the light rail project already committed to by the government ties in with the city plan and the city to the lake plans announced last month.

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. One of the main themes of the city plan released for public comment last month is transport and movement—providing multiple modes of transport, supporting sustainable growth and improving access and movement within the city centre. An important aim of the plan is to ensure that the transport needs of the community are integrated into it. The boundaries and directions of the city plan will be influenced by a number of major initiatives, including the capital metro project, the analysis along Northbourne Avenue, the Constitution Avenue upgrade and the broader city to the lake proposals. The objective of the city plan is to unlock the potential of Canberra’s city centre and better integrate it with public transport, with residential development and with better recreation spaces, and link also to the important economic and social drivers of the ANU and the CIT campuses.

The capital metro project sits very well within this overall framework. Indeed, decisions about capital metro will inform the way the city grows and develops, and its overall planning framework, and vice versa. Capital metro, as members will know, is at this stage intended to terminate on Northbourne Avenue at a terminus between Alinga and Bunda streets. In line with the government’s commitment to a future Canberra-wide network, future stages are anticipated to connect through the city to points south of the lake or points to the east, or both, such as Kingston via Barton; Woden; Tuggeranong; and so on.

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