Page 4427 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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DR BOURKE: Minister, what are the key elements of the kinds of traffic management plans that TAMS undertakes for these events?

MR RATTENBURY: There are a range of factors that TAMS tries to take into account—a range of risks, which is actually what I was trying to outline in response to Mr Coe’s question about what are the risks you are assessing. His interjection after I sat down about the fact that it was simply regulating for the sake of it is preposterous.

The sorts of risks that TAMS is trying to take into account and weigh up in a temporary traffic management plan are the kinds of things you would take into account: how many cars are coming through, the width of the street, visibility—it is just not coming out—the line of sight issues that arise in particular streets and the way they bend and those sorts of things. They are the kinds of factors that are taken into account. For example, with the situation in Kambah, TAMS worked with the residents and they have identified the best solution there is to create a one-way street arrangement during the affected times.

The other factor that does need to be taken into account—and this is where it is a challenge for the government, and some of the dilemmas government faces in these sorts of things—is that other residents in the same streets do not necessarily appreciate these displays taking place and drawing large crowds. People find it takes them some extended period to be able to get into their own driveways or get out of their own driveways. These are the sorts of factors that TAMS needs to try to resolve through the temporary traffic management plans and the sorts of risks that I was talking about in response to Mr Coe’s earlier question. They are real risks. They are risks the community have raised with us, and that is why TAMS tries to work with residents to get an outcome.


MS PORTER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you update the Assembly on the contribution that the celebration of our one big year, in other words our centenary, has made to the ACT in terms of community participation and city pride, tourism benefits and Australia’s perception of Canberra?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. Indeed, on the last sitting day in Canberra’s centenary year, I think it is appropriate to pull together and speak about some elements of Canberra’s wonderful year.

We know that one very big day, as part of the celebrations on 11 March, saw over 100,000 people attend and more than 90 per cent of them were Canberrans. Canberra’s oldest community members, those who were 100 years or older in 2013, have received a specially commissioned centenary medallion this year, as have all the babies born in Canberra on 12 March, sharing their birthday with the city and also receiving a centenary medallion.

Fifty-one individuals and groups have shared in the $1 million centenary community initiatives fund for projects and activities that commemorated and celebrated the

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