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Government decision to proceed with a publicly procured, outcomes focused Energy Performance Contract (EPC). This EPC will require significant LED upgrades to the streetlight network and will involve lighting upgrades resulting in improved safety and energy efficiency. The tenders are currently being evaluated.

b) Community path upkeep is important to ensure that walking around our suburbs is both easy and safe. Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) has a planned inspection program for the community path network within the ACT and areas are prioritised for inspection based on the usage and pedestrian mix, pedestrian generators such as shopping centre precincts and past compensation claims. In addition to planned inspections, all enquiries through Access Canberra and Fix My Street are inspected. Once reported, safety issues are assessed as soon as possible. Urgent safety repairs will be made within seven working days. Less urgent issues are scheduled in larger contracts for efficiency. As advised in question 1, the Active Travel Office will seek to incorporate a ‘gender lens’ to review its strategies to ensure paths are looking at safety issues for women in particular.

In addition, Roads ACT is currently reviewing the path inspection and maintenance strategy to improve the safety and sustainability of the network and enhanced preventative maintenance program will be implemented during 2018.

c) For public space upgrades undertaken by TCCS, the designers and construction contractors are required to incorporate Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles into upgrade designs and then implement these during construction. These principles look at lighting, landscaping, paved areas and overall design for secure and safe spaces; whilst maintaining clear lines of sight free of obstruction and increasing opportunities for passive surveillance.

d) ACT Policing regularly promotes information via social media on the importance of personal safety. These messages include practical personal safety strategies for the community.

Police rely on public willingness to provide supporting evidence in relation to offences against individuals or anti-social behaviour in relevant areas. Once identified, police conduct more frequent patrols as a preventative measure. If necessary, a targeted operation is conducted. The increase in police presence has a preventative effect and increases community confidence.

Police also conduct assessments through the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program, where locations of interest are assessed to determine if changes to lighting/vegetation levels and other factors may improve safety. The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design assessments are provided to appropriate government agencies to assist them in future planning/urban upgrades.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—methadone program
(Question No 520)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 25 August 2017:

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