Page 1848 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 May 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, has your directorate met with local residents and the horse paddock licensee on improving the implementation and management of the bushfire operations plan for the area?

MR RATTENBURY: I am not aware whether the agency has met with the residents and the horse paddock manager, but I will seek information and come back to you with the answer, Mr Seselja.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why is it that, although a resident had notified TAMS of the issue of the long grass, your directorate has no record of this complaint?

MR RATTENBURY: This comes to Mr Seselja’s earlier question around the service that the constituents received. I have undertaken to seek some further advice and look into the history of this particular issue. I think your question probably sits in that answer, Mr Smyth.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what changes will be implemented so that records of complaints are at least noted if not acted upon?

MR RATTENBURY: To some extent the answer to that question will depend on the previous answer I have just given, Mr Smyth. But, as I indicated in my earlier answer, there is generally a record of all complaints and issues that come to TAMS. There is a tracking of those complaints or those issues that have been raised. So, subject to finding out what happened in this case, I am not sure that we need changes to the system in the sense that there is a system there already. But if this particular example has highlighted a flaw, then we may need to have a look at that.

Roads—speed limits

MS PORTER: Madam Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, can you advise the Assembly why the government announced the introduction of 40-kilometres per hour speed limits in the city precinct and in the Belconnen and Tuggeranong town centres, and how will these be implemented?

MR RATTENBURY: The 40-kilometres an hour speed limit around the town centres came about originally as a result of a motion passed in the Assembly on 24 March 2009 calling on the government to consult on reducing speed limits around shopping centres and community facilities to 40 kilometres an hour. As a result of that motion, there was a trial of 40-kilometres an hour speed limits in the Gungahlin and Woden town centres. The outcomes of those trials were quite successful.

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