Page 609 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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federal government to achieve this outcome. It is—as I said earlier, and I repeat it again—good for Canberra, good for our economy. We get better public transport, we get better public housing, we get jobs and we get investment. This is unambiguously a good day for Canberra, and I am delighted to have been able to deliver on this for the people of our city.


MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, I draw your attention to the article in the Canberra Times of 10 February entitled “Revealed: Canberra’s worst roads for crashes”, which lists four roads in the Brindabella electorate that feature in the worst 20. I have written to the previous minister on behalf of constituents, seeking clarification on the potential widening of Sternberg Crescent, Gowrie, to two full lanes between the Bugden Avenue roundabout and the Erindale Drive roundabout, to which the answer was that there would be no widening. In light of Sternberg Crescent appearing twice on the top 20 worst roads list, will the minister now revisit this decision?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question on roads. Especially in the Brindabella electorate I am very keen to ensure we have the safest roads in our territory. I note the rating of the particular roads Ms Lawder mentioned—Sternberg, Bugden and Erindale. As Ms Lawder would be aware, we have a traffic warrants system across the ACT and it is really important to ensure that work goes ahead in the appropriate manner. All road intersections across the territory are in receipt of a warrant number and those with the highest number of warrants get the detail first. I will certainly look at that area and talk to the directorate to see whether that warrant number comes up in the system ahead of where it is placed at the moment.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what monitoring has taken place of the effectiveness of the newly installed pulse lights at the Sternberg Crescent-Erindale Drive roundabout, and will you make these results available?

MR GENTLEMAN: Monitoring for road changes occurs right across the territory by looking at data that comes through traffic light signalisation and the uptake from the system that switches the traffic lights. Monitoring takes place with people out on the street actually surveying car movements, and monitoring also takes place from interactions with the community. In regard to this specific monitoring, I do not have the detail in front of me, but I am happy to come back to the member with that detail.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what action will you now take with regard to Hambidge Crescent, Chisholm, and Ashley Drive, Wanniassa, which also appear on this list?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. We have already begun actions on those particular streets with the community. Some traffic calming installations have occurred across those suburbs and we have invited the community to give us their feedback on those changes.

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