Page 3853 - Week 12 - Thursday, 24 October 2013

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I welcome the fact that Mr Coe has brought this topic on today. It is good to have a discussion about it. There is a lot of work to be done in a whole range of areas, and I think there will be an ongoing discussion in this chamber. Certainly, as I think I said to members yesterday in my remarks, and if I did not I certainly meant to: where issues do get raised with you by constituents, please do pass them on to TAMS, or to me to pass on to get addressed by TAMS. All matters raised with us are taken seriously. The outcome may not always be what the constituent thinks is the right outcome, but I can assure members that the agency will look at the matters, give them the consideration they deserve, and at least make sure that the issues are investigated to an appropriate level.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.16): I am once again very pleased to be able to speak on the issue of road safety, and I do thank Mr Coe for raising a matter which I know is very close to his heart. Over the past 12 months in this place, I have had a number of opportunities to highlight the issues and matters of concern raised with me by my constituents. Unfortunately, despite all the good news stories we hear from those opposite, often many of the issues that are raised, and are of great concern to residents in Brindabella on a daily basis, do not necessarily get the attention that we would like to see.

Whether it is the quality or lack of quality of our road surfaces, the necessity or otherwise for some traffic calming measures, anti-social driving behaviours on our roads, discrepancies with signage, parking issues—these all feed into the bigger picture of sometimes the neglect that is shown to some areas of the road network.

Ms Burch: Have you removed those Liberal signs from the back of the street signs? Mr Wall, I am waiting.

MR WALL: Ms Burch is concerned about the use of signage around our streets, and it certainly is something I share with her.

Ms Burch: Illegal signage.

MR WALL: And illegal signage, and often the Labor Party is an offender when it comes to placing illegal signs on roadsides, particularly with mug shots on them, during election campaigns. I think today is an opportunity to raise not only physical issues that affect our safety but also some of the peripheral hazards such as signage and inaccurate political slogans that those members opposite like to put up on a regular basis.

But back to the matter at hand, which is consistent issues that are raised with me by constituents in Brindabella. I would like to start at the top of the electorate and work down. Looking at Chifley, the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Eggleston Crescent and at the opposite end of Eggleston Crescent where it meets Melrose Drive, these are a cause of a great deal of concern for residents. Each is a black spot and an area that residents of Chifley have to play dice with on a daily basis when wanting to get in or out of their suburb. Unfortunately, as yet there has been very little improvement at either of these intersections.

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