Page 2940 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 13 August 2013

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“Go to the territory plan.” As Mr Coe just pointed out, the territory plan already exists, and the ability to have greater density on the corridor already exists totally independent of capital metro. It goes on:

As more detail becomes available throughout the development of land use considerations along the corridor, community engagement activity will include relevant maps and development intensity information. Any changes to existing land use controls would require a formal Variation to the Territory Plan.

Again, we have, “We are going to do this. When we have worked out how we are going to do this then we are going to tell you how we are going to do this.” And the community engagement will come afterwards. Again, this is a government whose process is flawed, is false and is not serving the community. It is only serving themselves and, of course, appeasing the Greens-Labor agreement.

Recommendation 105 is:

The Committee recommends that the Government detail what impact Capital Metro will have on ACTION.

The government response is:


The Light Rail Integration Study currently underway will provide base information as to the optimum interaction with ACTION, along with other transport systems along the corridor. The extent of any changes to the ACTION network will be made known through community engagement activity as the project progresses and that level of detail becomes known.

In other words, what the government are saying is that they do not know what impact this will have on ACTION. Already the supplementation for ACTION is $111 million a year. What we are going to do is put competition on the key routes, on the express routes, the old inter-town routes. We are going to put competition on the routes that bring in the most revenue for ACTION, and therefore ACTION must suffer. So the supplementation for ACTION goes up, which is likely to happen, and there will be supplementation for capital metro. “But we will attend to that later, because basically we have not done the numbers.”

Recommendation 106 is:

The Committee recommends that the ACT Government detail the projected patronage of Capital Metro.

The response is:

Agreed in principle.

Preliminary estimates have been published in material available through the ACT Government website.

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