Chief Minister Talkback Summary - 28 November 2018

Calls that didn’t make it to air

Directorate: TCCS

Issue: The caller phoned regarding the turn-off to old Cooma Rd from Monaro Hwy

Response: Please contact caller

OUTCOME: When contacted by a TCCS officer, the caller clarified that the issue is that the intersection of Monaro Highway / Old Cooma Road does not have a left turn auxiliary slip lane off the Monaro Highway and left turning vehicles need to decelerate in the highway which causes aggravation to other drivers. TCCS will investigate this issue further and follow up with caller regarding the outcome of investigations.


Directorate: TCCS

Issue: Any idea when the traffic disruption at William Hovell Dr and Coppins Crossing Rd will end? This has caused delays, esp at peak hours, for quite a while (text cut off) Response: The Chief Minister took the question on notice and committed to get an answer back to the caller.

OUTCOME: An officer from TCCS contacted the caller and explained that roadworks are scheduled to be completed by March 2019. The intersection reconstruction can only be done in small sections at a time to keep traffic flowing through the intersection. Unexpected material discovered under the intersection has further extended the duration of the works. While traffic congestion is not ideal, the finished intersection will be worth the wait.

SMS/Texts that didn’t make it to air

Directorate: TCCS

Issue: Chief Minister Talk back Could you please advise on the car park at Weston on Liardet Street and Brierly Street (Kingsleys and Crust). Signs have been erected displaying restricted parking times and tow away penalties. Who has the authority to erect these?

OUTCOME: An officer from TCCS contacted the caller to advise the carpark in front of Kingsleys Chicken and Crust in Weston is privately owned. Parking signs within private properties are subject to authorisation through TCCS if they need to be enforced by Parking Authority.

Directorate: TCCS

Issue: Sorry no voice otherwise would have called. What is the chance of getting an underpass for pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection of Athlon and Sulwood drives in Kambah? Major traffic route connecting Woden and Tuggeranong and incredibly busy. So [cut off]

OUTCOME: When contacted, the caller clarified that their call related to the installation of an underpass/bridge to improve pedestrian access crossing at the roundabout of Athllon Drive and Sulwood Drive. The caller was advised this corridor is a priority to TCCS to duplicate due to existing safety and operational issues and is being considered as part of proposed duplication works. The intersection is being considered for upgrade to traffic signals rather than an underpass to improve pedestrian/cyclist safety. This is still in the planning phase.

Directorate: EPSDD

Issue: When will more parking be available at Cooleman Court? Thanks to no shops at Molonglo, parking at 'Coolo' is at worst non existent or at best hard to get. Also there are lots of big potholes in the carparks which have been there for many years .. can these [cut off]

OUTCOME: The caller was advised that the carpark north of Cooleman Court is being considered for an upgrade. The ACT Government will continue to monitor parking supply and demand in Weston Creek.

Directorate: Education

Issue: Question for the Chief Minister: In August the ACT Government announced a new program for funded pre-school education for 3 year olds. I have a two year old and am wondering when this program commence? Will it be available in all government preschools?

OUTCOME: The caller was advised the ACT Government’s aim is to phase in the initiative of universal quality early childhood education from 2020, initially focusing on children who are most in need. The first phase will also consider increasing access and enhancing cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Early Childhood Policy is currently undertaking targeted consultation with the community and are working on the development stage to establish a model which best meets the needs of the community. The Education Directorate is engaging an expert consultancy firm to undertake a substantial scoping and modelling analysis that will establish the specifics of the initiative, which will include where it will be available.

Directorate: TCCS

Issue: Good morning, Some time ago I received information that the playground on Oxley Hill would be upgraded in the future. Could you have someone in that department follow up on my enquiry, please.

OUTCOME: The caller was advised Oxley playground is one of over 500 public playgrounds located across the ACT. As each playground varies in age and condition, audits are regularly conducted to ensure they remain safe and fit for play. The most recent playground audit found the Oxley Hill playground although old remains fit for purpose. Twice weekly safety inspections will continue at this playground with any safety issues addressed as they arise. Upgrades to established playgrounds and parks across Canberra’s public realm will be considered as part of the Better Suburbs project. Further information on this project is located on the Have Your Say website at