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shops, businesses and parks, and the likely demand of the new community path. In addition, TCCS considers links to the strategic cycle network to identify and complete important missing links in the network.
The Bicycle Advisory Group, which is represented by a number of community groups, including Pedal Power and the Heart Foundation, the Physical Activity Foundation and other walking and cycling advocates have endorsed the TCCS warrant process for a number of years now. It has been used successfully to identify, prioritise and define elements of our active travel program across the city.
Transport Canberra and City Services also receives many requests for additional lighting in public areas at a wide range of locations where there is the potential for improved safety and amenity. Again, City Services carefully investigates these requests and considers priorities in terms of the potential for improved amenity, environmental impacts and security and safety outcomes. Members may be aware that street lighting is already provided at intersections on Sulwood Drive, including the intersection at Mannheim Street.
TCCS is further investigating whether the existing lighting arrangements are sufficient. I am pleased to advise that already we have underway investigation of some short-term measures to implement limited vehicle access to the nature park near the intersection to reduce some of those safety concerns. We will also be considering a range of other short-term measures such as those that have been mentioned, including signage.
As per the intent of the motion, we will also investigate existing arrangements at the Mount Taylor car park and investigate short, medium and longer term improvements to this area so that we can be sure that people can continue to access Mount Taylor, that the area is sustainably maintained and, of course, that it is safe. I am pleased to say that in moving this amendment I look forward to agreement across the chamber and look forward to TCCS continuing their work on investigating these improvements. I thank Mr Parton and Mr Steel for their support for the motion.
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (12.25): I support the amendment and support the basic intent which was part of Mr Parton’s motion. I also have met with Ms Langdon and talked about the issues of that car park. I am someone who does not go there nearly as frequently as the two previous gentlemen speakers; I live a bit further north and it is not my normal walking area. But it is a wonderful asset to Canberra to have Mount Taylor there. Having Canberra Nature Park within Canberra is an incredible asset for Canberra.
It is very good for the humans of Canberra because we get out into a natural environment where we can walk, we can talk, and those of us who have dogs can take their dogs. It is a way that Canberra really feels connected to the bush. At the end of last year or the beginning of this year the government ran a competition for the slogan for our number plates, and the winner was “the bush capital”.
One of the reasons why we vote for “the bush capital” is that the bush capital is within where we live. It is part of most people’s lives in Canberra; they actually do see the