Page 3741 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.49): I will speak both to the amendment and in closing. I feel I have made my points about a pedestrian crossing and appropriate traffic management measures for Trinity Christian School to ensure the safety of our children. I appreciate Mr Rattenbury and Ms Burch’s comments and their obvious concern for the safety of children and Mr Rattenbury touching on the need for a study of the Trinity Christian School road environment. I know they, too, are concerned about road safety.

As Mr Rattenbury alluded to very generally, I am not a road or traffic engineer either. However, the principal of Trinity Christian School, Mr Andrew Clayton, has informed me he has contacted the ACT Planning and Land Authority on numerous occasions over the past 18 months to discuss this issue and try to encourage changes to occur sooner rather than later. He had been informed that there has already been a review and a plan to alleviate the problem but was told that financial constraints meant nothing could occur at this stage. This response from the department seemed to say, “Yes, we understand there is a risk to children, but no, we’re not going to fix it as soon as possible. We’re not that concerned that children may be injured.” But I believe it should be made a priority, along with any other school that may be in the same situation.

Obviously, we would love the government to adopt our 2012 election policy on flashing lights at every school in the ACT. But, notwithstanding that, we can take it one step at a time. Currently, this school, Trinity Christian School, appears to be at high risk and needs assistance now. We will not be supporting Mr Rattenbury’s amendment. We already have a study and recommendation. Let us not put off any changes any longer. I urge all members of the Assembly to support my motion today.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Roads—Hibberson Street and Hinder Street intersection

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (4.55): I move:

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