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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3308..


Kippax library

MS DUNDAS: My question is for the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, earlier this year you were stating that the $310,000 provided in the 2001-02 budget for design proposals relating to the Kippax library could not be spent until planning issues at Kippax had been resolved. However, during estimates, this figure was down to only $100,000, with $70,000 being rolled over, as $30,000 was being spent on the general Belconnen library needs analysis. What has happened to the original $310,000 from the 2001-02 budget for the Kippax library? Has it been rolled over, minus the $30,000 already expended?

MR WOOD: Yes, an amount of money has been rolled over, Ms Dundas. I cannot tell you the precise amount at this stage; I will get back to you and let you know. There have been considerable delays with that as the broad planning process continues.

I am in discussion with others about whether we can take some steps independent of that to keep it moving, as it has been on the boil there for quite some time. There is money there for planning and other works. I will get you the precise amount later on.

MS DUNDAS: I have a supplementary question. When we actually know how much money we are talking about and, if the Kippax group centre planning issues are resolved this year, will you commit to spending the remainder of this money, however much it happens to be, on a planning study focused specifically on Kippax library within this financial year?

MR WOOD: There are a couple of planning things. The planning activity around the library itself is substantially finished-that is, the discussion with the community and professionals about what a library should do. That has been substantially done, but there are broader planning issues there that need working through. We are concerned about the delays, and we will see what we can do.

As to confirmation about money for construction of the library, that is an issue for next year's budget process. I expect I will go back to that process with a whole host of claims and see what Mr Quinlan and my colleagues will be able to match, amongst all the claims that the budget cabinet considers.

Urban open space

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, do you have a question?

MR HARGREAVES: Mrs Dunne was on her feet long before me, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I trust you want to ask about the carousel now, as you were so keen to ask the question by way of intervention earlier.

MRS DUNNE: No, I do not. I am only standing because the members of the government are so slow to come to their feet. But I will not get an answer about the carousel, so I won't ask the question. I will ask my question of the Minister for Planning-and it is not about Gungahlin Drive.


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