Page 5093 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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MR BARR: As I understand the question it is: if a development is occurring that would close temporary bike parking, would new bike parking be needed?

Ms Le Couteur: No, not temporary—bike parking.

MR BARR: Just overall?

Ms Le Couteur: Yes.

MR BARR: So are we aiming to increase the total amount of bike parking in the City Renewal Authority precinct? The answer is yes.

MS LE COUTEUR: Chief Minister, as we would all be aware, the authority’s recent pavement works on London Circuit in the city removed a large amount of bike parking, for example, at Bailey’s Corner. Where and when is this bike parking going to be replaced?

MR BARR: At various locations around the city as part of upgrade programs.

MS CHEYNE: Chief Minister, what wider amenity improvements are underway in the city?

MR BARR: An extensive range. People can see outside the Assembly a range of projects that have either recently been completed or are currently underway. There is an unprecedented level of renewal activity occurring in the CBD, led by the ACT government, where the ACT government is a major tenant—clearly, in the block next door to us here in the Assembly—or driven by the private sector. That level of activity has not been seen in the CBD in the history of self-government, and this will continue as stage 1 of light rail is completed and as we move into the second stage of that project. Clearly, there are a number of further projects that the government is pursuing, not least of which is the new Canberra theatre precinct adjacent to where we are here today, together with improvements that are scheduled to be part of the section 63 project, including extending Edinburgh Avenue up to Vernon Circle.

The government will continue to focus on small, medium and large-scale renewal projects, delivered either by us or in partnership with commercial property owners in the city.

ACTION bus service—school services

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Transport. Minister, with schools coming to the end of the academic year, students, parents, teachers and principals are still in the dark about when the new transport network will start. Some schools are considering changing their start and finish times to account for public transport timetables. For some schools the academic year finishes next Friday, 7 December. Minister, on what date will the new school bus routes commence and on what date will the remainder of network 19 commence?

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