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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 October 2018) . . Page.. 4048 ..

reduce the heights (to a maximum of 48m) and the number of buildings.

School bus services—petition 17-18

By Miss C Burch, from 528 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly the ACT Government’s proposed cancellation of most current school bus services will force students as young as 5yrs to catch public buses to and from school and go through major interchanges to catch connecting buses. Many students who currently catch one school bus will need to catch three public buses and go through major interchanges.

The ACT Government’s public consultation was not advertised well enough for many Canberrans to be aware of it. The consultation has ended with much of the public not realising these changes were being discussed. We are concerned about the validity of the data used by the ACT Government to make the decisions to cut school bus services.

Many parents don’t feel comfortable letting their young children catch public buses to and from school and will drive them instead, increasing traffic at school drop off and collection times which many people already know to be a fraught time. We would like to think we live in a safe city where every person is wonderful and safe to be around. Sadly, this is not reality.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to reopen public consultation on proposed school bus changes; consult thoroughly with all major stakeholders of the school bus services, including school administrators, teachers, parents and students; keep the safety of our children as a priority; and retain all current school bus services throughout 2019.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Tuggeranong town centre masterplan—petition 11-18

By Mr Steel, Minister for City Services, dated 4 October 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Ms J Burch on 14 August 2018 concerning progressing elements of the Tuggeranong town centre master plan.

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