Page 4404 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017
On the 25th January, 2016 a red utility with black wheel rims did a donut at the corner of Lewis Luxton Avenue and Preddey Way and almost lost control of the vehicle. I happened to be out in the yard gardening and witnessed the incident. If there had of been anyone on the footpath they would have been hit as the utility went up over the footpath.
That letter was written two years ago and still this issue remains a threat to residents on a daily basis. In July this year I was contacted by residents who had a car end up in their front yard, narrowly missing the house itself and the residents that were inside. This ongoing situation is simply unacceptable.
In an answer to a question without notice in this place on this issue, the Chief Minister stated:
ACT Policing and Roads ACT have an established system in relation to both road safety and dangerous driving. Given that this matter has been raised today, I will seek from the offices of the police minister and the Minister for Transport and City Services confirmation that the matter has been examined and that potential solutions have been identified.
This established system that the Chief Minister described is clearly not working and an urgent solution needs to be found. Residents along these three main roads in Gordon are at the stage of having to take matters into their own hands. I spoke to one resident recently who has installed a traffic mirror on the streetlight post opposite his home so that he can be sure that when he is entering and exiting his driveway he is in fact safe. These are not the measures residents should be having to pay for when rates and taxes are paid in this city to provide safe streets and adequate policing. This is the basic amenity residents expect to be maintained by a good government.
I commend the petition to the Assembly and applaud the residents of Gordon for taking the time out of their weekends to talk to their neighbours and assist me in raising this issue to hopefully get some sense from the government and get a response.
One year of delivery—health, transport and higher education portfolios
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.07): It is a privilege to have the opportunity to speak in this place about the year of delivery this government has driven since last year’s territory election. I think I speak for every member in saying that I feel fortunate every day for the opportunity to represent my community, and it is a particular privilege to be part of delivering an even better Canberra through my roles as Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research.
It has been a very busy year, one in which we have been able to deliver on the commitments we made as a result of our conversations with the community over the