Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2747 ..
Circle around Parliament House and along Adelaide Avenue terminating at either Woden town centre or the Canberra Hospital. Two alternative options follow a route through Barton and Parkes before continuing along Adelaide Avenue and again terminating at either the Woden town centre or Canberra Hospital.
Throughout May and June of this year we asked all Canberrans for their feedback on these light rail route options, selection of alignment and stop locations. We received feedback from the community and it will be added to the technical and expert analysis the government has been doing over the past six months to form a business case for government’s consideration later this year or very early in 2018.
We will continue, as we have done over the last term of parliament, to provide considerable opportunity for community engagement, for sharing with the community the information our technical and expert advisors have provided to us. We committed to that last term; we will commit to it again this term. This inevitably is an iterative process informed by expert analysis. There will be a number of key decision points for government in the coming months, and I look forward to soon releasing a light rail update that informs the community about progress on stages 1 and 2. Importantly, I say again that that will include expert analysis from our technical advisors as well as input and feedback from the community.
We will provide that to the community and to our stakeholders for information and then we will have a very open and transparent approach to the delivery of this infrastructure project, as we did in stage 1. Indeed, that was the most open and transparent process for any government on any major infrastructure project in Australia. It is now a leading example of openness and transparency on a major infrastructure project.
As I have also said, the Woden to city corridor presents different challenges and opportunities to the stage 1 route. Despite this, we will continue to work very closely with our partner the National Capital Authority as well as with stakeholders and the broader community. We will also be providing additional bus services, including two new additional rapid routes later this year, and I look forward to quite an extensive update of our entire bus network next year, particularly anticipating the beginning of light rail operations from Gungahlin to the city. I also look forward to informing the community about our commitments to deliver more bus rapid routes and more active travel infrastructure so we can truly build an integrated public transport network for our city.
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.37): I am very pleased to be able to spend some time this morning talking about making Canberra more sustainable. One of the major ways that we will do this is by having a more sustainable transport system. A more sustainable transport system, of course, is also what underpins a more sustainable form for our city, to stop us sprawling out forever, to keep us at a size where our transport system will work.
The Greens obviously have been pushing for cities, and Canberra in particular, to be more sustainable since the beginning of the party. We have been pushing for a more