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MR RATTENBURY: As my letter indicated to you, Mr Wall—and you touched on the fact—we are not able to give you specific maintenance costs; that is what the letter indicated. Just to clarify for the benefit of the chamber, that is because those costs are included in the general maintenance program; they are not delineated specifically. In terms of whether there has been any specific cost-benefit analysis, I would need to seek further advice on that, and I will give you a further response.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Minister, what are you doing to promote their better use and measure the effectiveness of these facilities?
MR RATTENBURY: Territory and Municipal Services and the government as a whole are undertaking a significant range of initiatives to enhance the use of these facilities by providing improved cycling facilities across the city. It is part of a general program about providing the infrastructure that is necessary to make it easier and more possible for people to cycle. That means providing a range of options. Whether that is the racks on the front of buses to enable people to ride to a bus stop and then complete their journey or whether it is perhaps leaving their bike at the bus stop and then jumping on a bus from there, I think there is a range of initiatives.
Mr Wall: A point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mr Wall.
Mr Wall: The supplementary question was relating to the effectiveness and the benefit of those facilities. It did not talk about bike racks on buses.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, according to my notes, did ask about the effectiveness of the facilities. Could you address that in your answer, Mr Rattenbury?
MR RATTENBURY: I am happy to answer that. The point I was trying to make regarding Mr Wall’s question is that it is about providing a range of facilities. These are part of a suite of facilities that make cycling more possible for more people more often.
MR COE: Supplementary.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, why is it that the security system for the cages cannot log access data, and will you change the system so that it does and therefore measure the effectiveness, or at least the usage?
MR RATTENBURY: I do not know the technical answer that I believe Mr Coe is seeking, so I will get some advice on that.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.