Page 1768 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Rolfe Avenue intersection will be upgraded to improve safety and traffic flow. This upgrade will also provide better access to nearby suburbs, including Harrison, Gungahlin and the new suburb of Throsby.

The few projects mentioned today are part of a suite of construction and design works across Canberra. From design works on stage 2 of the Ashley Drive upgrade project in the south to the upgrade of Constitution Avenue in the city, there is a lot of activity underway in this realm. I am committed to ensuring that Canberra has a safe and effective road network which caters for future growth of the city. We will continue to see improvements in road infrastructure, including active travel facilities such as on-road cycle lanes, dedicated bus lanes to support public transport and shared paths for those who walk or cycle.

Madam Speaker, I mentioned in opening that Canberra has the best road network in Australia. It will continue to uphold this position with our commitment to maintaining and improving our high quality infrastructure. I present the following paper:

Investment in roads—Majura Parkway and Gungahlin upgrade projects—Ministerial statement, 14 May 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.20): Belconnen roads are an essential part of our community and infrastructure, supporting business and our economy. They require constant attention in this growing city, as part of developing a sophisticated transport mix to serve us for decades to come. Recent local area traffic management works completed or about to be completed in Belconnen include: reduction of the roundabout roadway width at Maribyrnong Avenue and Ellenborough Street to reduce through-vehicle speeds; in Kaleen, three pedestrian refuge islands and associated footpaths on Maribyrnong Avenue; a painted turn lane at the Maribyrnong Avenue and Tyrrell Circuit intersection; the provision of a lit zebra crossing on Maribyrnong Avenue adjacent to Kaleen plaza; speed cushions in three locations, one set on Daintree Crescent and two on Onkaparinga Crescent; and a speed limit reduction from 80 kilometres per hour to 60 kilometres per hour on Baldwin Drive between Ginninderra Drive and Maribyrnong Avenue.

Improvements at the Belconnen Way and Coulter Drive intersection have also made this area much safer. As part of other proven road safety initiatives, new 40-kilometre-per-hour speed limit zones have been implemented at the following Belconnen group centres: Charnwood, Hawker, Jamison, Kaleen, and Kippax. The speed limits will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The slower speed environments will improve safety for all road users, including pedestrians. Forty-kilometre-per-hour speed limit zones have already been successfully implemented in Canberra’s town centres at Belconnen, City, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin. Six months after the new limits are in place, an evaluation involving feedback from the community as well as traffic surveys will be undertaken to determine their effectiveness in improving road safety.

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