The ACT Government is continuing to invest in better services for Hughes.
This year the Government will begin a new ‘Purple Rapid’ bus service to Hughes Shops. The new Purple Rapid will provide more frequent connections (every 15 minutes or better) between Hughes and the Woden Town Centre, as well as Deakin, Barton, Russell and the City.
This will mean that almost the whole suburb is within 750m (straight line distance) of a Rapid bus service. The new bus route will be integrated with our city wide light rail network, with planning work on Light Rail Stage 2 continuing to progress this year. Consultation will be taking place early this year on our new integrated transport network. Go to yoursay.act.gov.au to have your say.
IMPROVED ACTIVE TRAVEL CONNECTIONS IN HUGHES
It is important that we also provide better active travel connections to make it easier for people walking public transport and the shops. The ACT Government is investing an additional $2 million in upgrades to footpaths around Hughes as part of efforts to make Hughes a more ‘age friendly’ suburb. We will be using your feedback to help identify the priority improvements, such as missing connections, cracked and uneven paving.
NEW SCHOOL SUPERVISOR PROGRAM AT SCHOOLS IN HUGHES
We also want to encourage our youngest residents to ride and walk to and from school. From the beginning of this year a school crossing supervisor program has been introduced to increase safety at Hughes Primary, Garran Primary, St Peter & Paul Primary and Malkara School.
REPLACEMENT ART WORK FOR THE LADY IN PEARLS
I would like to thank the community for your feedback on a replacement artwork for Hughes Shops. The artwork ‘Stepping Out’ (lady in Pearls) was unfortunately stolen from the shops and has not been found since. The ACT Government is considering the feedback provided by the community about a replacement artwork (including a like-for-like replacement) and I will update the community soon on the decision.
A new book detailing the history of Hughes, since its beginning in 1964, is now available. The book can be purchased at the Hughes Pharmacy, with all proceeds going to the Immune Deficiency Foundation of Australia (IDFA). Well done to Hughes resident and author Jenny Tyrrell on a great publication.
KENT ST DEVELOPMENT
I would also like to thank all of the Hughes residents who raised their concerns through the petition to the Assembly about the proposed development at Section 66 Kent St Deakin, particularly in relation to the impact on traffic and the adjacent Red Hill nature park.
The proposed development is at a very early stage and has not been formally proposed to the ACT Government. It requires rezoning through a Territory Plan variation and development application to accessed by the independent ACT Planning and Land Authority. Before this occurs, the ACT Government is working on options to develop an integrated plan for Red Hill (as called for by the petition) and I will provide further details to the community as they become available.
In the meantime I encourage the community to make comments directly to the proponent of the development by commenting on their webpage: www.purdon.com.au/consultation
Please come and meet me in person at Hughes Shops at one of my regular mobile offices, if you have any questions about the issues raised in this update, or if you would like to raise any other ACT Government matter.
Chris Steel MLA