Issue: We have seemingly become paralysed by Fluffy houses and the light rail. Surely there is more to ACT infrastructure than these 2 big infrastructure projects. We want our CM to be more than Fluffer-in Chief!
OUTCOME: In 2015-16 the Territory Government will spend $5.1 billion in the delivery of services to the people of Canberra and a further $825 million for infrastructure. The 2015-16 Budget provides for a record infrastructure investment of $2.8 billion over the four years to 2018‑19. Infrastructure investment includes significant projects in areas including road and urban infrastructure, land development, education, health and community facilities. Some of the major infrastructure projects in various stages of design and construction include:
- Capital Metro
- ACT Law Courts Facility
- Majura Parkway
- University of Canberra Public Hospital.
A key feature of the 2015-16 Budget is the Urban Renewal Program with funding of $167 million in 2015-16 and $234 million over four years. The URP provides for a suite of projects to revitalise public infrastructure, improve access to public transport and essential services, and upgrade public amenities to encourage more active living.
The Government is making investment in all critical areas of urban development, education and training, health, and justice and community safety, with a particular focus on urban renewal. Significant new projects include:
- Better Public Housing. Public housing properties will be redeveloped to replace Allawah Court, Karuah, Red Hill Housing Precinct and Owen Flats ($133 million over four years);
- Better Roads for Gungahlin – Gundaroo Drive duplication – Stage 1 ($31 million); Horse Park Drive duplication ($17 million); and Enhanced Town Centre road network ($14 million);
- Better Roads for Tuggeranong – Ashley Drive duplication – Stage 2 ($25 million); and
- Schools for the Future – North Gungahlin and Molonglo ($28 million); and Modernising Belconnen High ($18 million).
The Urban Renewal Program also includes $1.5 million across 2015-16 and 2-16-17 for public realm improvements in Civic and Braddon. The Government will upgrade the lighting in Haig Park and finalise upgrades for lighting and footpath revitalisation in Mort and Lonsdale Streets in Braddon.
Issue: Re public housing proposed for Chisholm and Monash can CM commit to a mix of private and public tenants in those developments to avoid simply relocating problems at (eg) ABC flats, Burnie court etc due to concentration of public tenants.
Response: The Chief Minister noted that these were very small developments so may not be able to have that mix within them, but that the government’s approach of ‘salt and peppering’ public housing around suburbs would continue.
Directorate: Economic Development
Issue: I am a Telopea parent. Thank you for the good decision not to take Telopea land. Please consult properly in future PRIOR to causing so much unnecessary grief.
OUTCOME: The ACT Government is undertaking planning investigations on a site behind the Griffith Shops on Throsby Lane for the relocation of MOCCA. The site is made up of blocks 33, 39 and part of block 43 section 78, Griffith. As the blocks are odd shaped and comprised of multiple zonings, a Territory Plan variation will be required. A master planning exercise will be undertaken, including community consultation on the development outcomes, to inform the Territory Plan Variation. In concert with this, MOCCA can begin designs for a new facility to be developed on the site. It is anticipated that the planning, design and construction process be completed to enable MOCCA to move to their new building in 2018 - 2019
Issue: One word weeds. The weed control in the ACT is a disgrace and then the funding gets slashed and you just laugh it off.
OUTCOME: An officer from TAMS contacted the caller and discussed the issue. The caller was advised that an extra budget allocation has been made for the 2015-16 year for mowing and weeds which will allow earlier controls to be implemented to reduce the weed growth throughout the City.
Issue: I totally agree the fencing section is a disgrace.
OUTCOME: CSD contacted the caller and the caller has agreed to speak with a senior officer from Housing ACT to arrange for appropriate fencing work to be carried out.
Issue: To the Chief Minister could you indicate if the car park on London circuit near the law courts will be closed for 4 years while the light rail is being constructed - as mentioned in the Canberra times this week. It will cause immense problems. Thanks
OUTCOME: An officer from the Capital Metro Agency contacted the caller and advised that the car park in question will close and be utilised as a construction compound. The car park will likely close from 2017, however timing is dependent on the construction program put forward by the preferred consortium. The Capital Metro Agency is working with the Environment and Planning Directorate on alternative parking arrangements during this time. As part of Capital Metro’s ongoing commitment to consultation, conversations will continue with businesses, community organisations and residents.
Issue: The top end of Namatjira Drive is in appalling condition, such that it is necessary to weave through the areas of broken road surface. Is it on TAMS' work schedule, and if so, when?
OUTCOME: An officer from TAMS contacted the caller and discussed the issue. The specific section of the road has been confirmed with the caller and advised that the particular section is included in 2015-16 resurfacing program and the work will be undertaken in between October 2015 and March 2016.
Issue: On road signage, there are three lanes of traffic near the airport. Two have signs over the road for arrivals and departures, the third lane goes to Queanbeyan but there is no sign over the road. Can be confusing for those not familiar with the road.
OUTCOME: The signage will be reviewed additional signage or pavement marking will be provided as is required for Queanbeyan.
Directorate: ACT Policing
Issue: Can something be done to stop the gross road light running on Yamba Drive, particularly at the Dorsch St, Isaacs, and the Mawson Drive intersections. Thank you
OUTCOME: Information was provided to ACT Policing Traffic Operations for assessment and consideration as a potential site for future traffic enforcement activities focusing on red and orange light running.
Directorate: 1) Access Canberra re parking inspectors 2)EPD re parking station
Issue: Re Barton parking ... Parking in Kingston around Printers Way (2 hours) is abused and parking inspectors are rarely enforced. Let's have a parking station in the vacant space at the railway station where there is plenty of open unused space!
OUTCOME: Access Canberra Parking Operations contacted the caller and discussed parking enforcement issues within the Kingston Foreshore precinct. New parking signage has been erected by TAMS and Parking Inspectors are patrolling the area 2-3 times a week as part of their routine patrols.
Kingston is not being currently being considered as a site for a future Government-operated parking station. Current activities in the Kingston area suggest that the Railway Station would not be a suitable site for a parking station, as it is removed from Kingston’s major activity nodes (such as the Canberra Glassworks, Kingston Foreshore, and Green Square). Land at the railway station is also currently reserved for a range of purposes - including passenger and freight rail transport (as well as supporting parking, shunting and loading areas), and for the Canberra Railway Museum.
Directorate: Access Canberra
Issue: Re parking enforcement -- you can wheel clamp in Sydney but not ACT. This is losing a major way to control errant parking in a city that is car centric.
OUTCOME: Access Canberra Parking Operations contacted the caller and discussed all day parking in apartment complex parking bays by unauthorised drivers. The caller was advised of the inherent difficulties in these situations and that the use of devices such as wheel clamps was not a legislated option in the ACT. Several options were discussed with the caller such as designated parking bays, boom gates etc.
Issue: Can you offer any reassurance about the moves by the Federal Government to change Boards Industry Super?
OUTCOME: The ACT Treasurer is not able to provide any reassurance in relation to the moves by the Federal Government to change Industry Super Boards as this is a Federal Government matter.
Issue: On many occasions we have asked for the lane from Pickles St. to Belconnen Way to be cleaned of the self sown trees. No action to date.
OUTCOME:The caller was informed that the tree maintenance crew will be doing some work to remove the ‘self sown’ trees in the Belconnen Way area and that works have been scheduled for the area over the coming few weeks.
Issue: Doesn't Rachael's primary school feed into a high school although it may not be the high school of choice.
OUTCOME: ACT public primary schools do not feed directly into public high schools. Enrolments are based on priority enrolment area (PEA) and those schools give priority to the placement of children living in its PEA. More information is available on the Education and Training Directorate’s website:http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school/priority_placement_areas or by contacting (02) 6207 5111.
Issue: Could there be signs erected throughout the ACT on the number to call for our wildlife. (For quick help.) instead of seeing kangaroos etc in pain for a long time ... Please.
Response: The Chief Minister noted that he had seen this in some other places, and that without wanting to see a proliferation of signs, perhaps there was some merit in that proposal for certain locations.
OUTCOME: There are currently 18 large road signs throughout the ACT that provide advice on how to report injured wildlife. Additional signage will be considered if funding becomes available and the need is identified.
Issue: Would it be possible to have a footpath on the Lyons side of Heyson St? Bus goes only hourly so is not unusual for people to walk either on the narrow road or rough gravel at the side.
OUTCOME:On30 June 2015 an officer from TAMS contacted the caller. The caller requested a community path on Heysen Street from Hilder Street, Weston to just beyond the intersection with Devonport Street, Lyons. The caller would also like seating to rest along the route. The officer informed the caller that a request for a community path along Heysen Street has been requested by community members and assessed by Roads ACT. It is currently ranked 156 of 286 requests.
Directorate: CMTEDD – Policy and Cabinet
Issue: High Speed Rail for Australia will be a nation building infrastructure project that will change the way 70% of Australians work, live and travel. What advice can the chief minister provide on getting our politicians and political parties to think and [text cut off]
OUTCOME: The ACT Government has long supported and advocated for the development of High Speed Rail in Australia and the potential economic benefit this transformational piece of infrastructure would provide to Canberra and the Canberra Region. The ACT Government welcomed the Australian Government’s 2012 High Speed Rail Studies supporting the development of spur line and a station located in Civic. A station location in Civic would provide greater economic benefit to the city, and align with the ACT Government current policy objectives. The ACT Government notes the August 2013 report of the Advisory Committee on high speed rail identified inertia as one of the biggest risks and potential costs to realising high speed rail. In addition, as our cities and other centres expand, it is envisaged that the protection of routes will be more difficult, further impacting on the project’s cost. EPD is leading the ACT Government’s current engagement with the Australia Government on corridor preservation. However High Speed Rail is not a priority for the current Australian Government.
Like all Australian jurisdictions, the ACT Government is experiencing budgetary constraints. The ACT Government’s current infrastructure priorities are:
- Capital Metro
- Response to Mr Fluffy
- Education and Health.
Issue: Marcus Clark street at the Barry drive end travelling south definitely needs a 40km sign painted on the road as very few drivers seem to notice the poor signage to do so.
OUTCOME:An officer from TAMS contacted the caller and advised that 40km/h speed pavement markings have been installed at the London Circuit and Marcus Clark Street entry points to the 40 km/h area precinct.
Issue: Town centre speed signs are an issue agree with the lady caller. NSW have school zone signs that light up, much easier to see.
OUTCOME:Roads ACT will continue to monitor/review the speed limit signage in town centres to ensure they are visible and adequate. The conditions which led to the introduction of flashing lights around schools in NSW are not present within the ACT road environment, and ACT schools have not experienced anywhere near the level of school-related pedestrian and cyclist crashes as have other states such as NSW.
The ACT has an excellent road safety record for its school environments due to its city planning code (ACT schools are not sited on major and arterial roads) and its traffic management facilities installed adjacent to schools. The ACT Government also continually monitors safety performance around schools, in association with school communities, and implements physical traffic management measures where necessary when required.
Issue: Shackleton Circ, Mawson is a popular walking route. Why are the street lights on the opposite side of the street to the footpath? Non navigable nature strips make walking with street lights very difficult and force you onto the road, not good at dawn/dusk
OUTCOME: Roads ACT undertook a night time inspection of the area on 2 July 2015. The lights do require upgrading but have not been identified currently in any Capital Works Programs. Additionally, to light the path on the other side of the road, the street light columns will need to be increased in height from 3.5m to 6.5m and have a new LED light fitting installed. There are approximately 40 street light columns. To undertake this upgrade will cost approximately $80,000 and will be considered for inclusion in a future works program.