Page 975 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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MR RATTENBURY: Just to add to Mr Barr’s answers, I think that members are well aware, although they have not chosen to promote it publicly, that there has been a further analysis by Territory and Municipal Services of the Spofforth Street site and there will be a change to the infrastructure on Spofforth Street. I think that seven sets of the speed humps will be removed. They will be replaced with two sets of chicanes.

Mr Coe: It was meant to be done last year.

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, and the construction contract for that work has not been awarded. That work is due to get underway very shortly. What I can say is that the assessment of the impact of that on Spofforth Street has been that it has reduced speed significantly. The surveys conducted prior to the installation of the traffic calming measures showed that here was an excessive level of speeding on Spofforth Street, and that is something that the government has sought to address. But the changes in response to community feedback will be implemented very shortly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will planned works for the other streets in Holt still be going ahead despite the 700 signatures on the petition?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes. For the information of members, other works are going ahead in Holt. As I have mentioned in this place, whilst there are people who are opposed to traffic calming measures, we also get a lot of requests for traffic calming measures, including from members sitting on the opposite side of the chamber who have sent letters to me asking when certain provisions will be installed, at the request of their constituents. So it is a difficult issue in the community. Unfortunately, we do have significant roadways across the city where we see dangerous speeding behaviour. I think it is important for communities that, where that is demonstrated, Roads ACT looks at the available technical options in response and provides the best response we can.

I am often implored to send the speed cameras out more often. Whilst that actually sits with Justice and Community Safety, people do not worry about that outside government; they just want government to do it. What I can say is that government can do that and will do that on occasions but it does not provide a 24-hour response. The strength of physical traffic calming measures is that they provide a 24-hour contribution to reducing speed in places where safety needs to be improved.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when will work on traffic management on other streets in Holt commence—despite the 700 signatures calling for it to be delayed?

MR RATTENBURY: The work on other installations in Holt was awarded as part of the same contract for the modification of Spofforth Street. That work is scheduled to get underway right about now.

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