Page 974 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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It means for the future residents who will live in this corridor better amenity and better access to quality public transport. It will reduce their need to undertake car-based journeys. It will reduce the costs and the environmental impacts associated with those journeys and will also create a more sustainable and liveable city. It will mean more people are able to walk and cycle and use public transport to get to and from work. It will mean greater diversity of land uses along this corridor with mixed-use development—not just residential but the opportunity for commercial and retail spaces at appropriate locations. All of these opportunities arise from the certainty that is delivered by a dedicated public transit right of way that the capital metro project will deliver.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what upgrades to underground infrastructure will be required to accommodate an additional 45,000 dwellings—infrastructure such as sewerage?

MR CORBELL: Detailed assessments are being undertaken right now in relation to all of those matters. It is the case that we need to look closely at infrastructure capacity within the corridor, as well as infrastructure issues in relation to the light rail line itself. Detailed assessments are being undertaken not just by Capital Metro in relation to the rail line itself and the delivery of the public transport element of this project but also by other parts of government, such as the Economic Development Directorate and the Land Development Agency, who are looking closely at infrastructure capacity issues as part of the government’s consideration of this project.

Roads—Spofforth Street

MS LAWDER: My question is to the acting Chief Minister. Minister, given that 700 people petitioned the government to remove the speed humps on Spofforth Street and temporarily abandon the other works in Holt, will the government now remove these speed humps? If not, why not?

MR BARR: I will invite the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to give a detailed response in relation to the specific instance, but I think it is fair to say that from time to time there will be issues on which there will be petitioning of the government to adopt a particular position but then there will equally be views on the other side of the particular argument. I am aware certainly in this case that there are a variety of views within the community in relation to road traffic calming measures and their effectiveness.

So it is not always as straightforward as a straight numbers game, nor is it the case that the government will always immediately respond, even to 700 petitioners, if there were a range of other issues that needed to be considered. But the minister might wish to elaborate on the specifics of that case.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury.

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