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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 5 Hansard (7 April) . . Page.. 1652..


works are in response to the new requirements. The stone wall itself forms part of a channel to direct any spill flow into Ginninderra Creek in the very unlikely event that the new crest wall constructed along the median of Ginninderra Drive is overtopped.

(2) Notice was not directly given to residents however the project was publicised through an article in the Chronicle on 11 June 2004 and a sign explaining the project was also placed near the works.

(3) The channel is part of the works associated with the Lake Ginninderra Dam Protection Measures construction contract. The total contract value is $947,278.00.

(4) The construction contract was competitively tendered and awarded to Dale and Hitchcock Civil Engineering and Landscaping Pty Ltd.

(5) The other works that have been constructed as part of the Lake Ginninderra Dam Protection Measures project include a crest wall along the median of Ginninderra Drive to improve dam safety against overtopping and a raised Coulter Drive levee to protect Florey from dam diverted spills. The works have been constructed as part of the $947,278.00 contract sum.

Business—China delegation

(Question No 299)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 March 2005:

(1) Further to the Business Delegations to China and the UK in March 2004 which were led by the Chief Minister, why did the then Functions Coordinator, Chief Minister's Support, Cabinet Office, described in the relevant travel report as "Executive Assistant", spend two days in Hong Kong before joining the Delegation to the UK;

(2) What official duties did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant perform while in Hong Kong;

(3) Why did the Government pay for the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant's accommodation in the Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong;

(4) Why did the Functions Coordinator/Executive Assistant stay in 4 star accommodation instead of 3.5 star accommodation as required by Public Sector Management Standard No. 6, Part 2, Travel - Domestic and International and the CMD Guidelines for Corporate Travel and Related Services.

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

(1) The Functions Coordinator was on leave in Hong Kong while she awaited the arrival of the Chief Minister and other members of the Delegation from China.

(2) See (1) above

(3) The Government did not pay for the Function Coordinator's Hong Kong accommodation. She was on leave and met all her own personal expenses


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