Page 71 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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We do not want to consign residents of Gungahlin to a car-dependent future. At the moment nine out of 10 journeys undertaken by Gungahlin residents are by private motor vehicle. We want to change that. It is the highest level of car dependence of any part of our city, and that is one of the key reasons why we have chosen this corridor. But we recognise and understand that we need to plan for the future. We need to look at future corridors, and the light rail master planning work will assist us to deliver that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how can the community keep up to date on the progress?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary. The Capital Metro Agency is moving forward with a proactive community engagement plan to keep residents interested in this project up to date with work on the process. Earlier this year I announced the establishment of a new online presence for the Capital Metro Agency. That capital metro website,, is an up-to-date resource on all of the projects, all of the different elements of work being undertaken by capital metro, and provides opportunities for community feedback.

But the government is not just relying, and capital metro are not just relying, on an online presence. The delivery of a new director of communications and engagement by the agency gives the agency greater capacity to reach out to the community, to attend meetings, to provide briefings, to work with the business community, to work with community organisations, to work with individual residents. That will very much be the commitment. Our new director of communications brings extensive experience from other light rail projects, in particular the Gold Coast project, which had a very complex community engagement framework to work within.

This again demonstrates the seriousness with which the government is approaching this task. We are bringing experienced and credible professionals to the job; we are bringing experienced and credible consortia to the job; and we have a clear time frame to deliver on this project, a project that will be transformative and critical to the future growth and development of our city.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

ACTION bus service—free services

MR RATTENBURY: I was asked about charter services for sporting clubs. I can update members. It does vary by the sporting codes. The Brumbies pay for a one-way transfer to the game from all bus stations across the city but they do not pay for any further services. The Canberra Raiders do the same as the Brumbies, although I understand on a lesser scale—that is, not all stations. GWS, by contrast, pay for the charter and extended free services. I guess their intent is to encourage people onto public transport. GWS pay ACTION per transfer when a person shows their ticket, but they only run a chartered service from the city and Woden to Manuka Oval. I believe that goes to the tenor of the question.

Mr Coe interjecting—

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