The Hon. JOHN AJAKA:
My question is directed to the Minister for Roads and Ports. Will the Minister update the House on the recent Mother's Day Fun Run and upcoming traffic management plans for the Sydney Morning Herald
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY:
Last Sunday the Mothers Day Classic Fun Run and Walk was held in the Sydney CBD. I am pleased to say that the event was an outstanding success. From 7.30 a.m. until 10.30 a.m., thousands of people flocked to the CBD streets for this event, and throughout Australia a record 120,000 Australians took part in a similar fun run. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Roads and Traffic Authority Transport Management Centre and all those involved for successfully coordinating this event. It was great to see the authorities working well to get things right. The road closures and special event clearways in place between 5.00 a.m. and midday were managed effectively and there were no resulting traffic delays. Media outlets were kept informed of what was going on via radio interviews and regular emails to newsrooms. I am pleased that motorists took note of the communication campaign advising of the changed traffic arrangements. I thank the newsrooms that conveyed the material to people to let them know what was happening. They certainly provided a great community service.
As I have mentioned previously in this House, this weekend, on Sunday 15 May, the Sydney Morning Herald
half marathon will take place in the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont. About 15,000 people are expected to take part in the 21-kilometre run. It will start at 6.45 a.m. in College Street and follow a route through the CBD, along the Cahill Expressway, through The Rocks—
The Hon. Lynda Voltz:
Will you be doing it?
The Hon. DUNCAN GAY:
No, I will be in Crookwell. The route continues along part of the Western Distributor to Pyrmont and the half marathon ends at 10.00 a.m. in Hyde Park. The Transport Management Centre will again establish a joint operation centre to coordinate traffic and transport during the event. Road closures in the vicinity of Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens will be in place between 4.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. and special event clearways will also be in place from 3.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. I strongly encourage motorists to plan ahead, to ensure that they are aware of the changed traffic conditions and to avoid the area if possible during these times.
The Transport Management Centre began discussions with the event organiser and key organisations involved in the half marathon in August last year. An extensive communication campaign advising the community and motorists of the changed traffic arrangements is now underway. This has included metropolitan newspaper advertising, local newspaper advertising, public notice information, traffic radio alerts, direct mail, media releases, radio information, interviews, information on the Roads and Traffic Authority Live Traffic New South Wales and partner websites, and information on electronic message signs. However, with so many people in the city, delays are expected in the Sydney CBD, Pyrmont and Sydney Harbour Bridge areas on that day. It is wonderful to have these sorts of events in Sydney and I am confident that if we continue to effectively plan and coordinate such events as we have done, we can continue to welcome major events to the city.