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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 September 2015) . . Page.. 3330 ..

On page 12 of the report card are the high level performance indicators. All indicators are shaded green which means the ACT result was better than the result nationally. This demonstrates that the ACT is contributing to the national goal of a 30 per cent reduction in the number of deaths and serious injuries on Australia’s roads by the end of 2020.

One of the indicators being used nationally to monitor road safety performance is the annual number of road fatalities per 100,000 population. In 2014 the ACT continued to maintain a lower number of road fatalities per capita than the national average with 2.6 fatalities per 100,000 population compared with 4.9 road fatalities per 100,000 people nationally.

While these results are encouraging, I am going to stop short of saying they are good. They are not good because they represent lives lost, people taken without warning and before their time. Good would be zero and that is exactly why the government adopted the vision zero philosophy as part of the ACT road safety strategy. What this means is that we are striving for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on ACT roads. We should always remember that road trauma is not inevitable. Many of the deaths are preventable and it is incumbent on us as a community to share the responsibility for road safety and to strive for vision zero.

I am determined to see the ACT become the first Australian jurisdiction to achieve vision zero. It is a goal which is becoming closer to reality with rapid improvements in vehicle technology and road infrastructure and innovative approaches to enforcement and education programs. Before the end of this year I will be releasing the ACT road safety action plan 2015-18. The action plan will include a range of innovative measures across each of the safe system pillars of safer speeds, safer roads, safer vehicles and safer people. I look forward to working closely with this Assembly and the ACT community on implementation of the 2015-18 action plan and other initiatives that will reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on ACT roads. I encourage members to have a look at the ACT road safety report card.

Planning and Development Act 2007—variation No 320 to the territory plan

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 79(1)—Approval of Variation No. 320 to the Territory Plan—Erindale Group Centre and surrounding community and recreation lands—Zone changes and amendments to the Wanniassa precinct code, dated 16 September 2015, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

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