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the launch of the free ACT and Queanbeyan walking and cycling map;

the launch of the ride or walk to school program;

the construction of secure bike parking at the Belconnen community station, Flemington Road, Athllon Drive and Melrose Drive, with two more parking facilities under design at the Kippax Centre and Cotter Road; and

a promotional and marketing campaign to ensure access to bike parking is easy and uncomplicated.

The official opening of the first two stages of the Civic cycle loop occurred just recently by my colleague Mr Rattenbury, connecting Bunda Street, Northbourne Avenue, Barry Drive and the Lake Burley Griffin cycle path network via Rudd Street and Marcus Clarke Street. The next stages of the Civic cycle loop will connect western and eastern Civic along Bunda Street and Allara Street.

Through this bill the government recognises that power-assisted cycles will increasingly become a part of the transport mix in Canberra. The bill will promote the use of pedalecs and other power-assisted cycles as a safe and convenient form of transport, making the commute a more relaxing and less time consuming experience, and is part of the government’s commitment to promote cycling as a legitimate transport choice.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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) (10.24): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This is the fourth bill to be introduced under the government’s omnibus planning, building and environment legislation amendment bill process. This process manages all minor policy or technical amendments within the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate portfolio. This omnibus bill process provides an efficient avenue for the consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single bill.

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