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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3279..


(2) Since December 31, an additional $29,000 has been expended. $4,500 was for a fire safety audit, the remainder for progress claims for architectural design services for the refurbishment of the PSU.

(3) Yes - the dates shown in each document reflect the anticipated completion of the first stage of the project at that time noting that these time estimates were estimated about nine months apart. The estimated completion date is now December 2004 following the decision to undertake a more substantial refurbishment of the PSU.

(4) The Quarterly Capital Works Progress Report is intended to provide updates on current progress towards expected deadlines. The report was adjusted to reflect the anticipated completion date at the time.

(5) The first stage of the project was not included in 'Works in Progress' in 2004-05 Budget, as the project was not budgeted as a rollover in figures provided to Treasury. Full expenditure was expected to be achieved in the 2003-04 financial year, but was delayed pending approval of second stage funding for completion of the full scope of works in 2004/05. The balance of the unexpended funds from the $0.350m has been rolled over within ACT Health.

(6) The original amount of $350,000 approved in 2003/04 for upgrade of the PSU was to be used to address concerns raised by the Mann-Laroche report. Certain urgent works were undertaken, but the majority of the building works were held back pending the approval of additional budget in 2004/05. Design for the full scope of work was undertaken in 2003/04 including a lengthy and extensive consultation process that recognised the complexity of the environment in the PSU and to ensure that an effective and workable solution was achieved. The total funding for fully implementing the improvements is now $1.350m. Full design & construction documentation on the total package of works is being completed and a Project Manager will be appointed in the next few weeks to manage the works. The revised completion date is expected to be December 2004.

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(Question No 1612)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 24 June 2004:

(1) How many reports or complaints were made to A.C.T. Policing from Friday 11 June 2004 to Monday 15 June 2004 regarding the use of fireworks;

(2) How many of these reports or complaints were investigated by A.C.T. Policing and what action has been taken;

(3) If there had been reports made to A.C.T. Policing about any illegal explosives or fireworks in the A.C.T. how many (a) calls or reports were received by A.C.T. Policing, (b) explosives or fireworks were seized and (c) referrals were made to the Australian Federal Police Bomb Squad.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The following reports or complaints were made to ACT Policing from Friday 11 June 2004 to Monday 15 June 2004 regarding the use of fireworks and were recorded on the police computer database (PROMIS).


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