Page 3127 - Week 10 - Thursday, 15 August 2013

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MR RATTENBURY: TAMS does get many requests each year for upgraded lighting in a range of locations, including, members might be interested to know, right through many of the older suburbs, where the older lights are actually far less illuminating than perhaps what you see in the newer suburbs, with the tall orange lights that are more common in newer suburbs. Tuggeranong and Gungahlin in particular I have mentioned.

We get many requests each year. TAMS assesses it on a range of factors, as it does with, I guess, all of the infrastructure requests that come in, including for footpaths. They go to issues such as level of usage, current level of lighting, and whether the current lighting can be upgraded with better bulbs rather than necessarily with completely new infrastructure. They are the sorts of factors that are taken into account in assessing what level of lighting and what resources might be committed to a particular area.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, what was the Gleneagles Neighbourhood Watch group’s response to TAMS closing the Kambah Pool Road?

MR RATTENBURY: I think it is fair to say that the response to closing Kambah pool and the road into it at night has been universally welcomed by a range of groups. Tuggeranong police were involved in the discussion with TAMS about the decision to close it. I think they were well aware of the many antisocial acts that were taking place down there. The Parks and Conservation Service, as the ones who had to regularly clean up the vandalism and destruction, found that very frustrating, as did the members of the nearby community who were, frankly, sick and tired of the vehicles hooning up and down the road at night, having their sleep interrupted and also, being residents in the area often using that recreational facility, being equally frustrated by the levels of vandalism and destruction that were taking place.

I have not had a formal update recently but my anecdotal understanding is that it has been very effective. I guess winter perhaps is the time when there is less of that going on. Summer may prove to be the defining test, but at this stage it seems to have been an effective strategy.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will you provide to the Assembly the current schedule and time line for streetlight installations in the ACT?

MR RATTENBURY: I will take that on notice and I will see what I can provide to the Assembly. I am just not sure what form that information is available in. I will discuss that with the directorate and certainly provide the Assembly with the most appropriate information in response to your question, Ms Lawder. I may also include in that the information around the assessment criteria.

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