Page 1986 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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MS LE COUTEUR: What, if any, initiatives focus on reducing the gender pay gap and improving female participation in the workforce?

MR BARR: There are a number of specific initiatives contained within the budget. I refer the member to budget paper 3 for the details. These include programs in emergency services and in non-traditional trades. Within the ACT public sector we continue our work, which has been very successful over the past 10 years or so, to reduce the gender pay gap.

MRS JONES: Minister, what measures does the budget have to improve safety of women in Woden and other town centres? Are there any measures to improve access for women to portaloos if working on fires? And do we have any funding for locks on breastfeeding room doors?

MR BARR: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. The details to all of those are found in the budget papers or in the answers my colleagues have given to the same questions that have been asked previously.

Budget—transport and city services portfolio

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, yesterday’s budget has a $5.3 million cap to your directorate over four years to be achieved through portfolio efficiencies, including adjusting service levels. The Canberra Times reports that the directorate will use customer feedback to determine the cuts to service levels. Minister, could you elaborate on the process of using customer feedback to determine cuts to service levels?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question and note that his reading of the budget papers is correct but I would not always be informed on how the Canberra Times may interpret that. That was a question asked in the media lock-up yesterday.

There is a range of ways that we will deliver some efficiencies within the Transport Canberra and City Services portfolio. But, most importantly, we are actually significantly increasing services levels. We are increasing mowing; we are increasing weeding; and we are investing in our town centres, in particular Tuggeranong and Gungahlin, and also the Kambah Village. We are about to start work at Gartside Street in Erindale. There is work underway with the Belconnen bikeway. In addition we will be increasing our graffiti removal; not to mention, of course, introducing stage one of light rail. Two new rapids are proposed in this calendar year to add to the already extensive bus services that we provide right across the territory.

We use customer feedback on an ongoing basis. We are actively working within the initiatives that were outlined in the budget yesterday to significantly improve how we engage more thoroughly and deeply with a broad range of people in our community. We will continue to be informed by community feedback. As members know, Transport Canberra and City Services get possibly the highest volume of customer and community feedback of all directorates on a very regular basis, because it is so

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