Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 November 2017) . . Page.. 4807 ..
approached over the past month or so by three dockless bike share companies seeking to establish a scheme here in Canberra.
We are working very closely within government and with the National Capital Authority about what sorts of regulations would govern a bike share scheme, particularly a dockless bike share scheme such as has been the subject of much public debate, which remains ongoing. To my knowledge there is no imminent arrival of a dockless bike share scheme.
MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how will the government ensure that any companies, particularly ones that have dockless schemes, take responsibility for bikes and ensure that they do not all end up in our waterways and the lake?
MS FITZHARRIS: That is precisely the question that is before us now, as it is before city councils around the country. Currently we are also working with the National Capital Authority because it is reasonable to expect that any bike share scheme that would work in Canberra would inevitably include land that is regulated and controlled by the National Capital Authority.
We are exploring our options. TCCS in particular has been open with those organisations that have approached the government to say that we are developing some guidelines, which I expect will be finalised within the next few weeks, to give guidance to bike share schemes that wish to set themselves up in Canberra.
As we have seen around the country, there are very mixed views about whether or not a dockless bike share scheme could work. We have obviously seen where bikes have been dumped in waterways and in rivers. That has caused some community consternation. Equally, there are people on the other side that say that it is the first step toward introducing bike share which really does help lift the number of people riding bikes, which is obviously a good thing as well. We will continue to explore it and be open with those proponents seeking to establish a scheme in Canberra.
ACT public service—executive severance benefits
MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister and is about disallowable instrument 246 relating to early termination severance benefits under the Public Sector Management Act. Currently early termination severance payments for a long service executive are only available under section 38(e) for operational reasons. This disallowable instrument allows early termination severance benefits to be made available under section 38(f) in the interests of the service. The explanatory statement says that this change is being made to address when relationships between governing boards and CEOs or between ministers and directors-general have become unworkable. Chief Minister, how often in the past five years have relationships between governing boards and CEOs or between ministers and directors-general become unworkable?
MR BARR: I cannot think of a contemporary example, but over the past 20 years I can think of a few.