Page 3627 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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structure, a multi-deck structure, to be built on the balance of the Magistrates Court car park site. The other is the realignment of existing car parking, at grade, at both of the car parks, and the extension of that car parking on the Sydney Building side of Northbourne Avenue, adjacent to the Canberra Theatre site, to expand the total number of car parks through a temporary overflow car park off Theatre Lane.

Both of these options are now under further development by the government. I am pleased to say that the response from businesses has been overwhelmingly supportive, and we will continue to work with businesses to make sure we get the best possible outcome to manage any disruption as effectively as we can during the construction period. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, can you further outline to the Assembly the stakeholder consultation being undertaken through the place manager program and the community and reference business groups?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his supplementary. It is the case, as I mentioned earlier, that we have put in place, as a government, the place manager program. That has been in place since July. We have got three dedicated place managers along the capital metro corridor: Gungahlin, Dickson and the city; and they are located out in the community. They have office space in each of these locations. They are also out walking the streets, walking the sidewalks, and knocking on businesses’ doors to make sure that they understand what is going on with the project and being able to answer any concerns or questions that they have about it.

People can make an appointment to see a place manager or the place manager can come to them at a suitable time. This is proving to be a very useful mechanism, one that will be continued for the foreseeable future.

The government has also, as I mentioned earlier, established community reference groups. The community reference groups saw a strong level of expressions of interest from community and business stakeholders. We have now finalised the membership of those community reference groups and we are using them to provide feedback, to allow for information to be transmitted back into those communities and for discussions to be had around any issues of concern.

This is part of the government’s commitment to engaging with Canberrans as we move forward with our comprehensive transport reform agenda and the development of the capital metro light rail project.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, it was revealed on 10 September by the Canberra Times that the NCA will require any trams that run from the city to Russell to run without overhead wires. Minister, what is the preferred technology for going wire free across Anzac Parade?

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