Page 2058 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Canberra can rest easy knowing that this government, this ACT government, will continue acting proactively to make it quicker, easier and safer for Canberrans to move about.

This budget invests significantly in our public transport network and in maintaining the quality and the safety of our roads. I want to use my comments to underline the points that the two ministers have made. This year the government continues to invest in new cleaner buses to expand our rapid network. We are also completing the delivery of light rail from Gungahlin to the city as well as investing more to make sure that light rail stage 2 happens and that we give the NCA what it needs to ensure that we get to develop that critical spine from the north to the south.

In building a more effective public transport network, the government has not forgotten our drivers and pedestrians. The budget invests even more in delivering a better road network. For the south, the government has allocated funds to design an extension of John Gorton Drive, including, really critically, that bridge across the Molonglo River that will connect the Molonglo region to future developments and to the Belconnen district. In the north, we will see the duplication of William Slim Drive. This will significantly reduce the congestion caused by the growth of both Belconnen and Gungahlin. Meanwhile, pedestrians can rejoice in the news that $150,000 will be spent on planning safe pedestrian streets in places like Pialligo. As I mentioned before, over $8 million will be spent on making intersections in Belconnen safer for everyone—not just drivers but anyone who is moving through those intersections.

With these significant investments, the government will make sure that our public transport and our road networks can keep up with a growing city. This budget demonstrates our commitment to making sure that moving around Canberra is easy, safe and free of congestion and pollution.

The 2018 budget is delivering a better Canberra for our community. From roads and footpaths to parklands, playgrounds and rubbish collection, we are increasing and improving municipal services right across this city and investing in an integrated and effective public transport network with the roads to match it. It is what the community has asked for. We are listening and we are delivering.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Light rail—stage 1 construction

MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (11.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that Light Rail Stage 1 construction has had an impact on businesses;

(b) that despite the Government’s Environmental Impact Study assessing the risk to local business as “residual” based on the likely impact of

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