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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 November 2015) . . Page.. 4087 ..

rather than just three per cent who happen to live within walking distance of a light rail route. I urge members to support my motion.

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) (10.20): I thank Mr Coe for bringing the motion here today. I do not agree with the comments in his anti-light rail speech and anti-light rail motion moved in the Assembly today. Interestingly, there is a quite detailed body of evidence that would not support the propositions that Mr Coe has put forward today, particularly with regard to land value uplift on light rail corridors. There is a vast amount of evidence that shows that those special transport corridors in almost all jurisdictions around the world have seen significant returns in land value uplift.

With regard to the TOD principles—that is, transport-orientated design—it is important to note that the Planning Institute of Australia have a paper on transport-orientated design, as do many other planners in different jurisdictions around the world, which shows that transport-orientated design is the way forward to enliven suburbs and create employment. Madam Speaker, I move the amendment circulated in my name to Mr Coe’s motion:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes that:

(a) the recent Auditor-General’s report Public Transport: The Frequent Network, Report No. 9/2015, contains a range of recommendations and findings;

(b) the Government response to the final report prepared by MRCagney as part of the ACTION expenditure review which outlines improvements to the operation of ACTION;

(c) on 26 October 2015, the ACT Government announced the creation of Transport Canberra, a new transport agency for the ACT bringing together the Capital Metro Agency and ACTION and that this agency would begin operating from 1 July 2016;

(d) Transport Canberra will deliver a high quality public transport system that is convenient, efficient, affordable, reliable and integrated;

(e) Canberra’s population growth and increasing congestion requires investment to ensure Canberra remains a liveable, modern, sustainable city;

(f) the Light Rail Network plan demonstrates that the ACT Government is planning ahead for Canberra’s current and future transport infrastructure needs; and

(g) delivery of light rail in the ACT will result in more buses, more services, more often as bus kilometres freed up from light rail routes are reallocated across the city; and

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