Page 3716 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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(a) Canberra is growing quickly as it becomes a vibrant and diverse international city;

(b) proper investment and focus on public transport is the only way to effectively avoid a congested road network over the next 25 years; and

(c) Canberrans deserve a convenient, integrated, reliable, efficient and affordable public transport network to meet their needs for the future;

(2) welcomes the:

(a) release of the Government’s plan to improve and co-ordinate our public transport by ensuring there is “one ticket, one network” across buses and light rail;

(b) ACT Government’s commitment to ensure ACTION remains in public hands;

(c) release of the consultation draft of the Light Rail Network Plan to identify potential future light rail corridors and seek community feedback; and

(d) establishment of the single public transport agency, Transport Canberra, to oversee operational and service improvements to ACTION, and the construction and operation of the light rail network; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) continue to implement a public transport network that meets Canberrans’ needs now and over the next 25 years;

(b) ensure Transport Canberra prioritises the re-allocation of 1.2 million annual bus kilometres freed up by stage 1 of the light rail network to improve the Canberra-wide bus service; and

(c) investigate potential partnership opportunities with the Commonwealth Government for high priority light rail corridors.

I am proud today that we are working on fulfilling the promise we made in 2013, Canberra’s centenary year, to continue to build a great inland city that represents Australia’s highest aspirations and is one of the world’s great livable cities. Canberra’s livability depends on factors including the practicality and ease of getting around the city for all members of our community.

Looking back at the 1913 celebrations of the founding of Canberra, we see there were a few early cars and trucks about, and many people on horseback including the light horse. Many had travelled to Queanbeyan by steam train to be here.

When parliament opened in 1927 only a few of the suburbs mapped out on Griffin’s plan had started and his plans for passenger rail were still a dream. The design of Canberra going beyond Griffin’s plan of what is now called the inner north and south really got underway after the Second World War back in the 1950s and 1960s, the age of the car, the freeway and satellite cities.

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