Page 1166 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. The work to design network 18 was consulted on through the first phase late last year. We will need to update the your say website, because those consultation responses will be up very shortly. What I can say is that they provided very useful information to inform what is the complex design of network 18; that more detailed design of the new routes and new timetables, particularly those services that will interact directly with the operation of light rail, will undergo significant community consultation; and that the community will have significant time to input into that.

MS LE COUTEUR: I am unclear whether that means that there is any more consultation. If the minister could clarify her answer it would be most appreciated. My next question is this: will the new bus timetables include major changes to suburban routes, including, potentially, cancellation of existing suburban routes given that, as I understand it, the new timetables are based primarily on the rapid routes?

MS FITZHARRIS: To clarify—as I believe I said previously—there are two phases to consultation for the design and rollout of network 18, which is the new bus service that the city needs to coordinate and integrate with light rail operations. Stage 1 happened at the end of last year. Those results will be out shortly. Stage 2, which will involve the release of detailed routes and timetables, will come out in the next couple of months. There will be significant time for the community and interested organisations to have a look at those and provide feedback.

It is certainly the case that, in particular, the introduction of five new rapid bus services this year is a significant undertaking. Clearly there will be some changes to some existing bus services, principally those in the Gungahlin region, which will integrate with the operation of light rail. Clearly, the red rapid as it currently exists, from Gungahlin to the city, will be replaced by Stage 1 of light rail.


MADAM SPEAKER: I recognise in the gallery a delegation of Singaporean teachers that the government has sponsored in their visit to the ACT. Welcome to the Assembly here. Question time is always interesting, and I hope you enjoy our fabulous city.

Questions without notice

ACT Emergency Services Agency—workplace culture

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, on 9 April 2018, the Canberra Times reported on a leaked ESA—Emergency Services Agency—staff culture survey. None of the 93 staff who completed the survey had confidence in senior management. Staff in the ESA voted no confidence in the leadership of the ESA in 2016. Minister, why do staff in the ESA continue to lack confidence in the leadership of the organisation, including your stewardship?

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