Page 3548 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Tuggeranong will change to run seven days a week; and the red rapid 200 between Gungahlin and the city will also now run seven days a week.

To support the seven-day alignment of blue rapid services through Tuggeranong, the route 971 will be extended through Erindale to the Woden town centre, ensuring good service levels through Erindale bus station as well as better access to Woden for residents of Isabella Plains, Calwell and Theodore. For residents in Kaleen and Giralang, changes to weekend routes will further align to weekday services through the introduction of the routes 930 and 931. Kaleen and Giralang locals will be able to catch more convenient public transport every day of the week, particularly to Belconnen and Dickson, for more connections to the red and blue rapids.

The popular free city loop has carried over 114,000 passengers since commencing in July last year. To ensure the continued reliability of this service, it will be moved from Northbourne Avenue and continue to connect the city centre with the ANU, New Acton and Braddon. Lastly, significantly, the Weston line route 182 will extend to service the new suburb of Denman Prospect. This will ensure that residents in Molonglo continue to have access to Cooleman Court, the Woden town centre and the city.

Greyhound racing—transition package

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. Minister, I have spoken with local greyhound breeders and trainers who are concerned that this government’s treatment and demonisation of the industry is having adverse effects on families and individuals. I have some deep concerns for some of those individuals. Minister, how many people have made contact with the greyhound transition team?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for the question. In relation to the transition team, I will take the specifics on notice regarding how many people have made contact so far. Certainly, I would take this opportunity again to encourage those people who are going to be transitioning out of the industry to make contact with the team.

I note that there is some significant time still available for that transition process and I would certainly encourage people to note—and I draw this to the attention of the Assembly, Mr Parton and, through him, the people involved in the industry—that one of the key areas of support under the transition taskforce is counselling support, personally offered support, to make sure that the attention is provided to those people in the way that is most appropriate to them.

MR PARTON: Minister, when will this government take real responsibility for the stresses that they have placed on individuals and families who are making an honest living or participating in an honest, legal activity?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for the supplementary question, noting that it is a matter that I have answered on a number of occasions. What we are doing is moving to end the industry. The government is taking responsibility for the work by way of establishment of the transition task force and ensuring that there is a range of support provisions made for people, and I encourage them to make contact with the task force.

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