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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3439

Mr Hodges (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his Department made any investigations into the viability of establishing extensive bicycle freeways in major Australian cities.

(2)   Has any request been received from the States for information on, or funding of, bicycle freeways.

(3)   Is there any city, other than Canberra, which has these sorts of facilities.

Mr Newman - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) No. My Department, after consultation with the Department of Transport, has encouraged the appropriate authorities responsible for urban and transport planning in the major dues to carry out such investigations.

(2)   Yes. My Department, by being kept informed of current investigations, has passed on information to interested authorities on request. Under the provisions of the Roads Grants Act 1974, 'roads' are defined to include cycle paths, and become eligible for Commonwealth funding; the States have been informed of this.

(3)   Yes. To my knowledge, Perth and Adelaide have constructed a limited number of cycle paths, and these two cities, together with Melbourne, currently have plans under consideration by the appropriate Government authority.

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