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… in order to ensure effective commercial management of Icon Water, its shareholder Ministers provide approval only on a narrow range of significant decisions such as board appointments and major purchases or divestments;
Chief Minister, do you regard the Fyshwick waste to energy proposal, in light of the proponent being ActewAGL, of which Icon Water is part owner, to be a major purchase?
MR BARR: It certainly has potential to be, but it is at the early stages of its consideration.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, why is this not a conflict of interest?
MR BARR: Because we have a statutorily independent planning system.
MR WALL: Chief Minister, to date what involvement have you had with the proposal for the Fyshwick power facility, as Chief Minister, as Treasurer or as a shareholder minister?
MR BARR: I have read about it. I have been invited to attend a briefing in relation to the proposal. That would be about the extent of it to date.
ACTION bus service—timetable
MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can the minister please update the Assembly on Transport Canberra’s new bus timetable that will commence in October?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cheyne very much for the question and her ongoing interest in Canberra’s transport network. I am pleased to inform the Assembly that the new Transport Canberra bus timetable will start on Saturday, 7 October. Updates to the weekday and weekend timetables across the network are the first in a series of improvements as we progress towards the introduction of light rail and an integrated public transport network. The focus in this update has been on more services and more connections for more passengers, more rapid routes and more services on the weekends.
This government is delivering on our integrated public transport plan. We went to the last ACT election with a clear time frame for the delivery of new rapid bus services right across Canberra. That is why I am really pleased that this will include, come October, the new black rapid in Canberra’s north, the new green rapid throughout south Canberra and the extension of the blue rapid bus services to the Lanyon marketplace. We are also providing passengers with an opportunity to use these new rapids for free during the first two months.
October will also see the introduction of new public transport infrastructure, with the Dickson interchange opening on Cape Street in Dickson. This precinct will continue to grow as the light rail stop will come on line and urban renewal will see the